‘Ketchup’ with the inaugural Beaufort Tomato Festival

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On Saturday, July 12, the inaugural Beaufort Tomato Festival was held on Cane Island. The day kicked off with a 5K Obstacle Run, with more than 100 participants running through the woods and conquering obstacles such as scaling a cargo net, crawling through the pluff mud, jumping over wooden walls and climbing out of the marsh on a rope ladder. It was challenging, for sure. After the race, there was a big tomato fight, with more than 10,000 pounds of local tomatoes being hurled, chucked, squashed and smashed for some good, messy fun. The family friendly event also featured live music, bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo and rides. Photos by Bob Sofaly.