Reynoldsburg City Council on March 9 awarded a $60,000 contract to MPE for "professional services as the booking agent" for 2020 Tomato Festival.

The company will procure artists for the free, three-day festival, which will be Aug. 6-8 at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive.

The Huntington, West Virginia, company is the same firm used to book talent for last year's festival. Country artist Phil Vassar and 1980s rockers Great White were headliners.

The "tomato wars" food fight, pageants, live music and a beer tent and Bloody Mary bar are among the attractions planned again for this year.

Started in 1965, the city-sponsored festival honors Reynoldsburg's claim as the birthplace of a sweeter, edible tomato created by resident Alexander W. Livingston. In 1870, he was the first to upgrade the wild tomato plant.

Planning meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month at City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.

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--Kelley Youman