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2014-7-20: Got tomatoes? Do they taste good?

Posted July 20th, 2014 @ 8:04am

The Best Tasting Tomato contest is August 9th at the  Iowa State Fair


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1. No pre-registration required. 

2. Bring the entries to the Agriculture Building, Agricultural and Horticultural Crops Department, between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 

9. Judging will start at 10:00 a.m. in the Agriculture Building, Stage Area.

3. The tomatoes will be judged entirely on the taste. 

4. Quality - If the tomato is good enough to give to your neighbor, it is good enough for the contest.

5. We understand some varieties are not beauties to look at, but do have good taste. 

6. Judges reserve the right to disqualify any tomatoes that do not seem fit to taste (over ripe, mushy, etc.). 

7. The variety name must be on the entry tag, but will be hidden from the judges.

8. Excluded from entering: Yellow, Orange, Cherry or Grape (Patio Type) Tomatoes.

9. Tomato must be grown from seed that is available on the market.


306 Best tasting tomato, two specimens


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