Monday, May 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Tomato Festival busy until end

By
From page A3 | August 18, 2014 |

23rd Annual Tomato Festival

Miss Solano 2014 Olga Lechuga gets dunked in the dunk tank during the 23rd annual Tomato Festival downtown, Aug. 17, 2014, in Fairfield. (Steve Reczkowski/Daliy Republic)

FAIRFIELD — Come 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the two-day, 23rd annual Tomato Festival on downtown Texas Street had reached its last gasp.

Only a half-hour remained for a festival that totaled 13 hours on Saturday and Sunday. The tomato-eating contest, the tomato costume contest, the Folklorico dancing had ended several hours earlier.

Yet, in its twilight, the festival remained alive with activity.

Crystal Thomas, of Fairfield, had been there only 20 minutes or so. She came in part so 18-month-old Cateleya could go on the pony ride and the Zippy Pets, which looked like battery powered stuffed animals on wheels and carried both adults and youngsters.

“There’s never anything here in town to do, so it’s nice when they have these events like this,” Thomas said.

Jorge Reyes, his wife, Kiane Reyes, and eight-year-old son, Keanu Reyes, walked past the various craft booths on a closed-down section of Texas Street. Highlights for them included Keanu Reyes going on a ride that allowed children to enter plastic, see-through water orbs and float in a large wading pool.

“Pretty good,” Keanu Reyes said.

It’s like a hamster in a ball, Jorge Reyes said.

Jorge Reyes found something that he liked, as well. He held a plastic cup from the nearby Starbucks.

“We’ve got to support the local businesses,” Kiane Reyes said.

Jorge Reyes rides his bicycle from his Suisun City home to downtown Fairfield on a regular basis. He sees a change for the better happening along Texas Street.

“They’ve got a lot of new businesses going in downtown,” Jorge Reyes said.

In keeping with the spirit of the Tomato Festival, the Reyes hit on the idea of buying some tomatoes and making fried green tomatoes. It will be a new experience, Jorge Reyes said.

By 4:55 p.m., people were disassembling various crafts booths and other booths that lined the middle of Texas Street.

A couple of children still navigated one wading pool in water orbs, but a man stood amid the deflated remains of a second wading pool and pushed out water with a broom. The water ran along Texas Street past the now-closed Zippy Pets.

The band Rhythm Method 4 at 5 p.m. ended their show on the stage at Webster and Texas streets with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” A couple of dozen people listened from under a large tent in the intersection, drinking margaritas and other beverages.

Down the street, the salsa band Sapo Guapo kept playing on the stage at Madison and Texas streets past the festival closing time. They wrapped up at 5:15 p.m. with a loud, fast guitar solo backed by drums, bass and keyboard. Several people danced on the stamped concrete crosswalk.

With that, the massive, downtown party ended and the 23rd annual Tomato Festival called it quits. All that remained was the cleanup so downtown Texas Street could reopen to traffic.

The Fairfield Main Street Association puts on the festival. Executive Director Margaret Manzo said an estimated 25,000 people usually attend and this year looked typical. Last year’s Sunday was really hot, she said, but this year’s Sunday high temperature topped out at about 90 degrees.

“We saw a lot of smiling families and that’s why we do it,” Manzo said.

The Fairfield Main Street Association also puts on the Tomato Festival to support local businesses. As the festival wound down, people could be seen entering the stores that were open and eating at restaurants.

“The bottom line is we’re a business association and every single business is full. We couldn’t be happier,” Manzo said.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

New Torah being written for Solano County Jews

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Napa Valley College site of Girls on the Run event

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Putah Creek Council plans bat outing

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Vacaville Museum celebrates historic pioneer girl

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Chambers of commerce plan Cinco de Mayo event

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Tickets available for Dixon May Fair, sneak peek

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Local governments set to meet

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield police log: May 2, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
Suisun City police log: May 2, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: May 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Fairfield police log: May 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Biz Buzz: First Northern Bank announces earnings

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

 
Weather for Monday, May 4, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B10

Biz Buzz: Sleep Train continues clothing drive

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Biz Buzz: Solano College site of business expo

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

 
.

US / World

Google embeds engineers as professors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Oyez! Town crier at royal baby birth captures attention

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Quakes hit California, but no damage or injuries reported

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Survey: States spent heavily to clear winter snow and ice

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Slain trooper’s parents say they forgive suspected ambusher

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Italy: At least 10 migrants found dead in sea off Libya

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Arab coalition ‘reconnaissance’ troops land in Yemen

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Nepal shuts airport to big jets; more bodies found

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
.

Living

Catholics honor mother of church with special event

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Today in history: Monday, May 4, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Community Calendar: May 4, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Returning home puts far-flung choices in relief

By Sharon Randall | From Page: B5

Horoscope: May 4, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

 
Family member has still not paid for commissioned artwork

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7

.

Entertainment

Ashes of ballerina Plisetskaya to be spread over Russia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
New project in US South promotes music “triangle”

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

‘Avengers’ sequel is second biggest US opener of all time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
TVGrid May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wanted by the US, Roman Polanski gets film award in Poland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
TVGrid May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

.

Sports

JC softball: Solano eliminated after late rally comes up short

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
AP Source: Warriors star Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

McIlroy top of the world at Match Play Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Warriors roll past Grizzlies 101-86 in Game 1 of West semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Unusually wild Gray, Vogt HRs carry A’s past Rangers 7-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Texas the front line on high school ECG debate

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Giants beat Angels 5-0 behind Lincecum for 3-game sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Mayweather takes his $100 million check and runs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Vonn says relationship with Woods is over

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
5-year drought ends as Chelsea is champion of England again

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Montoya fastest on opening day of Indy tests

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
LeBron, Cavs ready to take on raging Bulls

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Paul questionable as Clippers and Rockets begin series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
James Taylor debuts new song about Fenway, at Fenway

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Westbrook, Valiante win IMSA Tudor race at Monterey

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Inbee Park wins North Texas Shootout for 2nd time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Ian Woosnam wins Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Royals’ Lorenzo Cain drops appeal, begins serving suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

This date in sports history for May 4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Beal leads well-rested Wizards past Hawks 104-98 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
.

Business

 
.

Obituaries

Arthur Martin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Ora May Bray

By Daily Republic | From Page: A4

Lois G. Johnston (Leib) (Bayard)

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Wizard of Id May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Zits May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
For Better or Worse May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

B.C. May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Garfield May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
B.C. May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Peanuts May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Sally Forth May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Frank and Ernest May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Blondie May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baldo May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Wizard of Id May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Beetle Bailey May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Baby Blues May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Pickles May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
For Better or Worse May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Get Fuzzy May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Dilbert May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Rose is Rose May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Bridge May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Word Sleuth May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Crossword May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Sudoku May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Cryptoquote May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7