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PHOTO GALLERY: Tomato Festival offers wide variety of pepper, tomato flavors

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | 9:37 p.m. CDT; updated 11:05 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 25, 2011
Festival-goers sample tomatoes at the seventh annual Tomato Festival at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center.

COLUMBIA—The seventh annual Tomato Festival on Thursday at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center drew a crowd of more than 600 people eager to taste hybrid tomatoes and peppers. Sixty-four varieties of peppers and 64 tomatoes were displayed for people to sample.

Caleb Hubbard, 4, reacts to a hot pepper called the Cajun Belle. His older brother Josh Hubbard, 7, looks on.
The Pretty Purple pepper sits on the "Hot" table at the seventh annual Tomato Festival.
Joe Ringbauer, left, prepares to sample a Tabasco pepper from the "Extremely Hot!" table as Sara Ringbauer looks on. Sara Ringbauer quit tasting at the "Hot" pepper table.
Cups of tomato soup from Red and Moe Pizzaria rest on a table at festival.
Over 100 different varieties of tomatoes were available for festival participants to sample.
The bell-shaped Yellow Mushroom rests on a plastic cup on the "Extremely Hot!" table at the seventh annual Tomato Festival.

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