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Photo by Tamie Meck From left, Saffire, Liza and Crimson (their real names) participate in the Tomato Fest! Fashion Show Saturday at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. All of the clothing from the fashion show came from The Rose. Now in its third year, th

Rita Clagett and Christie Aschwanden judged over 80 entries in the tomato haiku contest held in conjunction with the third annual Tomato Fest!

The top four poems in the under 16 and over 16 age groups are printed below. All the haikus can be viewed at www.deltalibraries.org.

Winners of the tomato contests were:

Tastiest tomato -- Adam Smith.

Littlest tomato -- Butch Johns.

Biggest tomato -- Joe Van Horn.

Prettiest tomato -- Lea Hart.

Ugliest tomato -- Leah Morris.

Best-dressed tomato -- Finley Ihnot, with Mr. Tomato Head.



The tomato contest was judged by Katherine Colwell of the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce; Ruth Pettigrew, trustee of the Delta County Public Library District and Katie Darlington of Farm Runners, a local business.

Top 4, Under Age 16:

The purple and red

tomatoes in the sunlight

clinging to the vines

by Ohana



Round delicate fruit

Sun beaming on red and green

A taste of Summer

by Annika Ekrem



Oh luscious red orb,

be you heirloom or cherry,

summer on my tongue.

by Elise Ekrem



lip smacking thoughts of

deliciously juicy red

homegrown tomatoes

by Jennifer Glass

Top 4, Over Age 16:

Like bloated tourists

dimpled rotund globes

tanning on the vine

by Emily Wassell



Hiding in the leaves

Insects watch little hands pluck

Sun warmed tomatoes

by Karen Fogg



Red, yellow, purple,

Green tomatoes in the bowl.

My garden jewels.

by Anonymous



Out in my garden

Juicy plump tomatoes grow

With wild abandon

by Rebecca Butler

Most Humorous, Under 16:

Tomatoes are cute

they kinda look like your butt

they're soft and squishy

by Xena Inskeep

Most Humorous, Over 16:

Ya heard about the

unproductive tomato?

Yeah he got canned

by Mary Bauer

Ruth Pettigrew displays the biggest tomato entry from Joe Van Horn.
Finley Ihnot and the best-dressed tomato
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