2014 Grainger Tomato Festival

The 2014 Grainger Tomato Festival.

If your vacationing in the Tennessee Mountains this Summer  Don't miss this Tomato Festival!

The Grainger County Tomato Festival is an annual event held in the agricultural region of Grainger County, TN.   Grainger is famous for its tasty tomatoes, and the festival is a celebration of this. The festival occurs the last full weekend of July.

 Festival Art  -  Grainger Tomato Farm Painting.  

2014  Grainger Tomato Festival - Information

The Grainger Tomato Festival is held every year in July.  The Festival is a testament to it's proud farming community.

Following are the dates, times and location of the 2014 Grainger Tomato Festival.

FESTIVAL DATE:     Thursday, July 24, 2014   thru
                                          Sunday,  July 27, 2014
TIME:     Here are the Times and Events for each Day


LOCATION:        7480 Rutledge Pike
                              Rutledge, Tennessee, 37861

The Grainger County Tomato Festival was organized in 1992 to promote Grainger County Tomatoes.

Our mission is to promote all Grainger County agricultural products, specifically the Grainger County Tomato, and to promote the many local artists and craftsmen we have in our area.

Over the years we have added a number of special events making the festival one of the largest free festivals in East Tennessee.

The festival is always the last full weekend in July.  Be sure to mark your calendars!  You don't want to miss it.

The Art Show will include original art of all descriptions. There will be working artists, historians, and regional authors.

Working demonstrations and an exhibit of authentic Greenville Regulators will be featured in the Living History Area, located next to the Middle School. The area will feature farming throughout Grainger County's history as well as anassortment of old time farm machinery, some of which will be in operation.

Corn shuck doll making, grain grinding, herb information, blacksmithing and other period demonstrations will also be on hand.

The Old Time Vesper Service will be held Sunday at 10 AM.

The famous Tomato Wars, which happens at 10am on Saturday and Sunday at noon, will have rotten tomatoes flying all over the place at 40 mph. All funds raised at the wars go directly to the Grainger County Special Olympics.

Other special events include a Mater Madness 5K run and car show on Saturday, and a beauty pageant.

There will be three stages of entertainment with continuous live music & dancing, in addition to numerous food, commercial and arts & crafts vendors.

There will be a separate children's area, featuring inflatable rides.

The Lakeway Amateur Radio Club will be handling communications during the festival.

The Grainger County Opry, featuring local musical talent, will be held Friday night at 7 PM, (ticket required for this event). Saturday will include a FREE CONCERT FROM by the Chuck Wagon Gang.

Donations of non-perishible items will be accepted at the door for local food banks.

Large quantities of fresh Grainger County tomatoes, as well as other local fruits and vegetables will be available for sale and onsite consumption.

Tomato Wars!  Long distance bombing on Saturday and Sunday at High Noon!


Most visitors are on Summer Road Trips in the Tennessee Mountains. The 2014 Grainger Tomato Festival is 3 hours 15 minute East of Nashville, 40 minutes Northeast of Knoxville and about 1 hour North of Pigeon Forge (Dollywood).

If you are flying in, a rental car will be necessary, but will open up the scope of your adventure. You can fly into either Nashville or Knoxville.  

 It just depends which is more convenient or less expensive.  To find which is better for you.


We suggest staying on the East side of Knoxville.  That location is base for nearly equal travel time to both the Tomato Festival and Dollywood. 

There are quality Hotels and B&B's everywhere.  Average prices of hotels near the Festival  are very reasonable. 

Be sure to check the hotel map to assure best proximity to the Festival.  

Things to Do!

 The Knoxville area has plenty of things to do before and after the 2014 Grainger Tomato Festival.   The Pigeon Forge / Dollywood like the Festival is about 45 minutes from Knoxville.  Nashville is about 2 1/2 hours away.

But you don't have to go that far for mountain fun.  The areas around Knoxville have many rivers and lakes to explore,   If you're looking for a pure outdoor mountain experience, Knoxville is the place.

Let your Mountain Adventure begin!