Rain doesn't stop first tomato festival in Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs first tomato festival still drew a crowd despite the rain. Festival organizer Diane Claughton, says she feels pairing the festival with the weekly fresh market helped bring the crowd.

"It's rather better than I expected actually. I mean looking at the weather forecast I didn't know what to expect and it has been raining continuously since we got here. Everyone's done well," said Claughton.

For the most part, vendors weathered the rain and were actually able to sale a lot of tomatoes. Wess Jones is a local farmer. He brought about 500 tomatoes to the festival and says a cool Spring slowed down his crops, but he hasn't had any problem with selling what he has.

Another local farmer, Fulmer's Farmstead, out of Richton, Mississippi, says they do about five markets a week, but this is their first year at Ocean Springs and they really like it.

"It's been great I couldn't believe all these people came out in the rain to buy tomatoes. We've been busy all day. We're very pleased with it," said Fulmer.

The festival offered more than tomatoes. There was fresh pasta, eggs, milk, and more. Claughton says she hopes the tomato festival will grow in size the same way the blueberry festival did. She is expecting next year's event to be even bigger and better.

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