Newsmaker: Tomato Art Fest returns


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An annual tradition returns to East Nashville this weekend.

The Tomato Art Fest will be held Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Councilman Brett Withers joined News 2’s Nickelle Smith on News 2 at 11 with more on what this year’s festival includes.

“There is a sandwich competition for tomato sandwiches; of course the Bloody Mary returns. And one thing that’s different this year is they have a commemorative pin that we’re hoping will become a new tradition,” Withers said. “The pin, I would describe it as being like an astronaut with a boom box for those of us who remember the 80s, before you had an iPhone that had all your music on it, but that’s the commemorative pin this year and I think they’ll have that every year going forward.”

Withers also took time to address the rise in COVID-19 cases in Nashville.

“The festival isn’t necessarily requiring masks but strongly encouraging them….one thing that certainly helps with this event is that it’s primarily outdoors,” Withers said.

To see the full interview, click on the video above.

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