General Information

Traditionally, taking place on the second Saturday in July, the Hanover Tomato Festival is a fundraiser for Black Creek Volunteer Fire Department. The department, in conjunction with the Herald Progress, the Mechanicsville Local and Hanover County Parks and Recreation produce this event annually.

And yes, the tomatoes sold at the event are true Hanover Tomatoes. They are delivered early in the morning from Dodd’s Acres Farm, located in the Black Creek district in Hanover County.

Mark Your Calendar:

Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Kick off event:
Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

What to Expect:

In 2016, the Hanover Tomato Festival welcomed over 28,000 attendees. The festival is a free outdoor, family and pet friendly event with approximately 200 artisan and local business vendors, food vendors, musical entertainment and rides and games for children. Check out our list of vendors

Things to Remember:

Be prepared for the forecasted weather conditions by staying hydrated before and during the festival with water, using sunscreen and wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. There will be mist cooling stations on the event field.

Many of the vendors at the festival accept credit cards, however some require cash or check. ATM's are located near the event entrance for your convenience.

The festival grounds and general parking area are grass areas, not paved surfaces.

First Aid:

There are three first aid stations on the event field. Please see the event map for their locations. In case of a medical emergency, please call 911.

Traffic and Parking:

Please remember that Pole Green Road is the only route to the park. At times, traffic may be heavy entering or exiting the park for the festival. Please be patient as event staff and the Hanover County Sheriff's Department work to keep you moving and safe.

If you have a disabled parking placard, please have it hanging from your rear view mirror upon entering the park. This will ensure event staff can direct you to designated handicap parking. 

General event parking is located in the back of the park. Free shuttles are available from these areas, which will take you to and from the event.

Park Rules:

The Hanover Tomato Festival strives to provide guests with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere. All event attendees and park patrons are to abide by the following park rules and event regulations. Those who witness other guests violating these policies should report to the nearest event staff person, volunteer or law enforcement officer.

The following are prohibited on Hanover County park property, including the event
field and parking areas for the Hanover Tomato Festival:
Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs and illegal activities
Glass containers
Collection of fees outside of vendor booth
Driving motorized vehicles or bicycles on turf/field areas or in other unauthorized areas
Rocket launching
Hot air ballooning
Flying model airplanes
Metal detecting

The following are prohibited on the event field and parking areas for the Hanover Tomato Festival:
Distribution of flyers, promotional materials, and such are limited to within the assigned vendor booth space.
All staff and volunteers must remain within the approved vendor’s space.
Walkways must remain clear at all times.
All animals must remain on a leash.


Contact us if you have a question.