Hanover Tomato Festival

Hanover Tomato Festival

Held annually on the 2nd Saturday in July, (Saturday July 9th, 2016). The Hanover Tomato Festival is a free, family-oriented event with Hanover Tomatoes, live musical entertainment, rides, games, a petting zoo, over 200 vendors, delicious tomato dishes, and much more. Parking for this event is free. The festival is held at beautiful Pole Green Park, rain or shine and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's a traditional celebration to promote the Hanover Community and features the famous Hanover Tomato.   

Address

8996 Pole Green Park Ln.
Mechanicsville, VA 23116    Map It

    Vendors 

    The Tomato Festival showcases artisans that want to highlight their unique craftsmanship and food vendors that want to present savory menu items.

    Visit the vendor page for the full list of fantastic artisan, commercial and food vendors scheduled to attend the festival! Use this convenient map to navigate around the festival. 

    Entertainment

    The entertainment stage will have a full lineup of musicians, ceremony's and bands. Plan your visit and enjoy your day around fantastic entertainment performances. 

    • 9:00 a.m. 
      • Hanover Tomato Festival opens
      • Hanover Concert Band performs
    • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
      • Opening ceremonies
        • Presentation of Colors
        • National Anthem
        • Acknowledgement of elected officials
        • Dedication
    • 10:30 a.m. 
      • Ice cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race
    • 11:00 a.m. 
      • Arise
    • 12:15 p.m. 
      • Ice Cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race
    • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      • Prospect 7
    • 2:15 p.m. 
      • Ice Cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race
    • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      • Carlisle Avenue Diner Band
    • 3:45 p.m. 
      • Ice Cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race
    • 4:00 p.m.
      • Hanover Tomato Festival concludes 

    Children's Activities

    At the festival, children can expect: rides, games, a petting zoo and free activities and fun for all ages. 

    2016 Mater FUN Zone Vendors Include:

    • Black Creek Baptist Church: Double inflatable slide
    • Bon Secours Love and Learn: Nursing mother booth and diaper changing station
    • Bricks 4 Kidz, Tri-Cities: Creative building with Lego bricks. Mining and crafting axe painting.
    • Busy Bee's Kidsignment Sale: Ring toss
    • Dynamo Soccer Club: Face Painting 
    • Empress Farms: Tomato planting - decorate cup, plant a tomato seed and grow your very own plant
    • Engineering for Kids of Central VA & Stafford: Straw rockets or water bottle rockets
    • Hanover Hounds K-9 Search and Rescue: "Nose tracking" maze with patches and wrist bands
    • Hanover Optimist Club: Tomato walk and "Best Dressed Tomato Contest"
    • Headliners Dance Company: Ballerina craft
    • Kids Exchange of Richmond: Plinko and photo booth
    • Macaroni Kid: Richmond and KnowDifferent.net: Macaroni bracelets - make and take, giveaways
    • Mad Science of Central Virginia: Hands on science experiments and appearances by Dinosaur Tiny T!
    • Martial Arts World: Prize wheel, kicking / punching bags
    • Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do: Spinning wheel and target punching / kicking
    • Richmond International Raceway: RIR Pace Car and giveaways
    • Romp n' Roll: Tomato toss, hula hoops, parachute and bubbles
    • Shady Grove United Methodist Church: Tomato play dough, tomato lollipop game, bead bracelet making, baby changing station, nursing mother station, activities for prizes (sunscreen, key chains, water bottles)
    • Stuck on Vinyl - Necklace making 
    • The Game Patrol: Video gaming
    • The Ice Cream Race: Ice cream eating contests and obstacle
    • Washington and Henry Lodge #344: Child ID's 

    Event Sponsors

    Thank you to our 2016 Hanover Tomato Festival Sponsors:

    • E.J. Wade Foundation
    • Verizon FiOS
    • Meadow Event Park / State Fair of Virginia
    • CF Sauer / Dukes 
    • Richmond Magazine
    • Hanover Optimist Club
    • Harmony Senior Services - Crossings at Hanover
    • Mechanicsville Toyota
    • The Game Patrol 
    • Le Bleu Ultra Pure Water
    • Martin's Food Markets
    • Hoober, Inc. 
      • Hanover Emergency Center
      • Papa John's Pizza
      • Covenant Woods
      • Julie Whitaker Insurance Agency Inc.- State Farm
      • Carytown Burger & Fries
      • Sweet Frog
      • Macaroni Kid: Richmond
      • KnowDifferent.net
      • Delegate Chris Peace
      • Edible Arrangements 
      • Kids Exchange RVA
      • three one one productions
      • Dominion Green Power
      • Tractor Supply Company
      • Walgreens

      Photos / Video

      You can find a photo tour of the festival by visiting the Hanover Tomato Festival Facebook photo album for 2015 and 2014. A video highlight tour of the festival is also available on the Parks and Recreation YouTube channel