Bradford Tomato Festival

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COLUMBIA - Tomato and pepper testings, produce growing tips, and a various activities for kids will take place this afternoon at the Bradford Research Center's yearly Tomato Festival.

The event is free to all and starts at 4 pm today. 

One purpose of the festival is to rate the 165 varieties of tomatoes and 120 types of peppers cultivated at the Bradford Research Center. The center then plans to publish the results to their website, to better help people to know what and tomatoes peppers to plant. 

Superintendent of the Bradford Research Center Tim Reinbott said additional activities were added to the festival after the event was so popular last year. 

"We had somewhere between 700 to 1000 people last year, we just lost track. We had people parked all the way down the road," said Reinbott.

Those include salsa sampling, wine tasting for adults, and milk tasting for kids. Children will also have the chance to explore corn mazes and learn more about produce.

Bradford Research Center is located at 4968 Rangeline Road.