NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The 16th annual Tomato Art Festival kicks off this weekend in East Nashville.

Several homeowners in the community can’t wait for Saturday to arrive.

The Tomato Festival made the scene long before hot chicken became a think in Nashville.

For 16 years the fascination with the tomato has been a big part of summer.

Several homes in East Nashville are decked out in red, hoping to show their tomato love is bigger than yours.

“We were excited,” said East Nashville resident Evan Brooks. “There’s a lot of pop in ours, lots of red. We just wanted to show our enthusiasm for the tomato.”

The houses are sliced and diced and ready to go, decorated for a tomato contest where the blue ribbon winners depend on your red.

Even a truck in the driveway counts in the competition.

Some decorations are more subtle, but they’re all for the love of that fruit/veggie.

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Terry Bulger has been bringing you stories of the people and places that make Tennessee unique and interesting on News4 since 1990. Contact Terry if you have an interesting community story for him to cover.

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