Hanover Tomato Festival

Held annually on the 2nd Saturday in July, the Hanover Tomato Festival is a free, family-oriented event with live musical entertainment, rides, games, a petting zoo, over 200 vendors, delicious tomato dishes, the crowning of Little Miss and Tiny Miss Tomato, Hanover Tomatoes and much more. The event is held at beautiful Pole Green Park and is a traditional celebration to promote the Hanover Community and features the famous Hanover Tomato. 


8996 Pole Green Park Ln.
Mechanicsville, VA 23116    Map It

Event Sponsors

The Hanover Tomato Festival is presented by Black Creek Volunteer Fire Department, The Herald-Progress, Mechanicsville Local and Hanover County Parks and Recreation. The largest single day community event would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors!

Consider getting your business involved with festival sponsorship! With limited number of spaces available, be sure to review the sponsorship options and make a commitment today.


The Tomato Festival showcases artisans that want to highlight their unique craftsmanship and food vendors that want to present savory menu items.

Visit the vendor page for participating vendors. 


The entertainment stage, presented by the E.J. Wade Foundation, will have a full lineup of musicians, ceremony's and bands. The schedule will be highlighted so you can plan your visit and enjoy your day around fantastic entertainment performances. 

Children's Activities

The 2015 Hanover Tomato Festival Children’s Area will feature lots of fun and excitement for children of all ages. Parents and children get to have non-stop fun at the festival. 

  • The Best Dressed Tomato Contest sponsored by the Hanover Optimist Club
  • The Tomato Walk sponsored by the Hanover Optimist Club
  • Face Painting sponsored by Dynamo Soccer Club
  • Autism Speaks
  • Black Creek Baptist Church
  • Hawks Renovations
  • Mechanicsville Church of Christ
  • Richmond International Raceway
  • Shady Grove United Methodist Church

Other activities:

  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Tubs of Fun
  • Broken Road Petting Zoo
  • The Game Patrol

Little Miss / Tiny Miss Hanover Tomato Festival Pageant

The pageant is broken down into two categories:

  • Tiny Miss for ages 3 and 4
  • Little Miss for ages 5 and 6

The pageant is held two weeks before the Hanover Tomato Festival on Saturday, June 27 at the East Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad. The winners of the pageant will be announced on stage at the tomato festival. We encourage you to fill out a Tiny Miss / Little Miss application early as spaces do fill quickly. To register for the pageant online, please visit: www.hanoverparksrec.com. We wish the best of luck to those that wish to participate in the 2015 pageant. 

Photos / Video

You can find a photo tour of the festival by visiting the Hanover Tomato Festival Facebook photo album. A video highlight tour of the festival is also available on the Parks and Recreation YouTube channel