One thing Bradley County is famous for is the Pink Tomato Festival. It’s been going on for 59 years and that makes it one of the longest running festivals in the state of Arkansas. There’s quite a bit of history behind it too.
Farmers in Bradley County have been raising tomatoes for sale since the 1920s. They chose a variety of tomato that would ship well if picked when the tops of the fruit just barely turned pink. In 1956, a group of Warren merchants decided to host an event to celebrate the tomato industry and to help promote business in the area. The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival was born. It has since become a major summertime event!
Since that first celebration in 1956, the festival has evolved into one of the most well known and respected events in Arkansas. Many people have contributed to the success of the annual event, from those present at that first celebration to the dedicated volunteers today. The Festival Parade and Pink Tomato Beauty Pageants were added in 1957. The All-Tomato Luncheon and Street Dance have always been crowd favorites. Other events have included: Arts & Crafts show, Tomato Eating contest, 5K Race, and the Pink Tomato golf tournament. Thanks to the vision and creativity of those involved, new attractions are added each year.
From a one-day event the festival has grown to a week long celebration, with activities for all ages. The Pink Tomato Festival is now attended by 30,000 people each year and many are Bradley County natives who come home to be a part of the giant homecoming celebration.
There are so many events going on at one time, I decided that I would post each one in separate blog posts.
Friday night, we were pleased to welcome past winner from NBC’s The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, as entertainment. Before the concert, he did a meet and greet where a few people got to talk to him and get his autograph. He was a pretty nice guy and was happy to sign many posters and even a guitar that was to be raffled off.
His concert that evening, was a lot of fun and a great show. I enjoyed myself and I know many others who visited the festival did as well.
There are many more photos from the whole event to come, so keep checking in. Til next time.
Do Well and Do Good
A few years ago, a friend messaged me on Facebook and asked if I would come and photograph her daughter Scarlet’s first birthday party. Of course I agreed. For a few reason. One-because I love to photograph events. Two-because her late brother and my husband were best friends in high school. A special family with a special event. So when she messaged me again and asked if I would photograph her second daughter, Autumn’s first birthday, I had to say yes. Maybe we’ve started a tradition?? I guess we will find out, if she and her husband have anymore babies.
Events such as birthday parties are one of my favorites to shoot, because I get to capture a lot of emotion. Usually all happy smiles and laughs. And that’s exactly why I love it.
This face on the left makes me laugh. It’s as she’s looking at me wondering what in the world I’m doing.
Happy 1st Birthday Autumn!
Do Well and Do Good
I’ve said before, I love babies. Cause I do. Zayland’s mom called me and asked me if I had an Easter special planned. I don’t this year, but I told her I’d be more than happy to come and take some Easter themed photos for her. I got a few Easter photos, but I didn’t have any live animals this year, so I got more regular photos than anything. But I think they turned out pretty great.
Zayland was a great baby to work with. He had the best disposition and was so so sweet. I love that little guy. Til next time.
Do Well and Do Good
I’ve known Baxter for a while. Well, really, I guess I should say, I’ve known of him. I took his family’s photos back in 2010 and he was much younger then. I’ve gotten to talk to him more recently due to his sister-in-law, Jodi, asking me to do some newborn photos for her. That’s a later post.
Alex and Baxter have been dating for a while and she called me wanting to get some pictures taken. Sometimes when I don’t really know people, it’s hard to decide what kind of photos I am going to give them. I mean, I didn’t really know their likes or dislikes, so I just kind of winged it. And I think the photos turned out pretty well.
Jason is a first cousin. He married Holly. They have been married a few years and they just had their first baby. A baby boy! Who is way to cute. Oh my gosh, he’s so cute. He is a good mixture of his mommy and daddy and he seems like he is a very happy baby. And he is VERY loved! I remember thinking about a year and a half back, ‘When are they gonna have a baby?’ I know I wasn’t the only one thinking it either. 😉
Not to long after that, Holly and Jason announced that they were expecting. Yay!!! And nine months later, he was here. I am so glad they asked me to take some newborn photos of him.
Now when it comes to my newborn shoots, I try to accomplish the cute poses and give parents what is always seen online, but I will forever love the more natural photos. The ones where the parents are interacting with the baby on the bed or just holding him or her and looking at the baby or just standing in front of a window. Just natural stuff that you do after you have a baby. I have four children and I know there have been many many moments spent just staring at the beautiful person that grew inside of me for so long. The one that I couldn’t wait to meet. Those are my favorite shots to get.
Where I live, we like our festivals. One town over from mine, we have the Pink Tomato Festival that happens every June. It’s been going on for 56 years and I’m sure it will be going on many years in the future. It’s a big deal that the town gets ready for months in advance. It’s always a good time.
Another thing that’s a big deal where I live, is deer hunting. People around live and breath deer hunting and spend all year getting ready for that short amount of time where they can get up very early in the morning, put on their camouflage, grab their guns, and head out into the woods to their own deer stand and sit and wait on that big boy to come out. Doe’s are killed too, but everyone wants that big buck. Now combine this and a festival and you’ve got Buck Fever.
Buck Fever is held the second weekend in November every year. I don’t know exactly how it got started, but it’s been going on for at least 20 years. And I don’t see it coming to an end anytime soon. People will always want to hunt deer(well around here anyway), and then show off their prize. There are events like pageants, talent shows, a fish fry, and a fresh kill contest where contestants bring their deer to be viewed and judged to see who has the biggest. It’s also a great way to show it off. It’s not limited to age either. This year a contestant who couldn’t been older than 13 entered his deer and it was a nice looking one too. Enjoy some shots from this year and Google Buck Fever when you have a chance.
I love taking pictures of babies. I get to snuggle them and love on them and just hold them. Baby’s do a heart good. So a day or two ago I got to take pictures of a beautiful baby girl, who happens to belong to a couple that I have been friends with for a long time. And there’s a beautiful story behind this baby. Her mom and dad have been waiting on her for 10+ years. When Victor and Michelle, mom and dad, got married, Victor had a precious little girl named Alyssa. They knew they wanted to add more to their growing family. But a few years went by and no baby. Another baby girl came into their lives through the process of adoption and they were happy. More years went by and I think they had given up on having a baby of their own. After a few more problems, Michelle announced to the family that she and Victor were expecting! And 9 great months later, gorgeous Callie Grace was born. This baby girl is such a miracle and she is perfect in every way. It was so great to get to hold her and love on her.