Do people who eat your tomato sauce always ask for second helpings?

Do people who eat your tomato sauce always ask for second helpings?

Or maybe your granddaughter is a perfect candidate for a Little Princess contest.

It could be you're up for a hot-air balloon ride.

In any case, it's time to save the date for this year's Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival - and to turn in applications and entry forms for the various festival contests, all of which are due by Aug. 10.

This year's Tomato Festival is scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 19 and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 20 at Huber Park in Reynoldsburg.

"We are getting the word out to remind people to go to our website, www.reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org and get applications for events like the spaghetti-eating contest," said Mary Hudson, president of Reynoldsburg Festivals Inc.

"They can also get information about nominating a girl for queen of the festival and information about the Little Princess contest," Hudson added.

There is also information on the website about how to enter the tomato contest and all of the events that require entries and/or applications that need to be completed soon, she said.

"We also are in need of volunteers and would love to see some new residents come out this year," Hudson added.

If the weather is favorable, visitors who donate to Reynoldsburg's Helping Hands food pantry will be able to get a birds-eye view of the city during tethered hot air balloon rides on Aug. 19, thanks to Heartland Bank, presenting sponsor of the Tomato Festival.

Gretchen Hof, Heartland Bank's marketing director, said two adults can fit in the balloon basket, but one of them is the pilot.

"If you have a child with you, they may be able to fit two adults and one child, but generally speaking, only two adults can fit in the basket," Hof said.

"We can take people up a couple of hundred feet in the air so they can see all over Reynoldsburg," she said. "If winds are too high and the pilot says we can't fly, then we can't fly ... we hope for good weather."

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