The China Grove Farmers Market’s Tomato Contest will be held Saturday, July 21, during the annual Farmers Day Festival. The prize is $100 for the adult winner and $100 for the youth winner (17 years and under). The contest is sponsored by L. L. Goodnight and Sons of China Grove.
The tomatoes will be judged on: appearance (size and shape), taste, inside meatiness and no core.
Participants must submit five tomatoes for judging and they must have been grown in Rowan County.
Entries should be given to Market Manager Alan Goodman at the Farmers Market before 2 p.m. Judges are Don Bringle, mayor of China Grove; Gary Ritchie, Gary’s Bar-B-Que; and Walter Goodman, Goodman Farm Supply.
Judging will take place at the Market at the Mill, 308 N Main St., on the grounds of the China Grove Roller Mill. The market has products for sale including fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, bread, pastries and plants and will be open on Farmers Day.
The second contest is the Biggest Watermelon. This contest is sponsored by Goodman Farm Supply Co. of China Grove. The contest prize is $100 for the adult winner and $100 for the youth winner (17 years and younger).
Watermelons can be brought to the Farmers Market weekly to be weighed until Sept. 7. More than one entry is permitted. Winners will be announced on Sept. 7 at the close of the Farmers Market. The watermelons must be grown in Rowan County.
The China Grove Farmers Market is open each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. For more contest or market information, contact Alan Goodman, market manager, at 704-857-5938.