What is big, red and rides around in a tomato-red 1946 pick-up truck? Why it’s the Big Tomato of course.

The Big Tomato, a 20-foot-tall ginormous veggie (or is it a fruit?), is cruising Oregon in a 1946 International pick-up truck to tell Oregonians about just how BIG the 2008 Oregon State Fair is!

So far, the Big Tomato has visited Pioneer Courthouse Square, the South Park Blocks farmers market, and the Eastbank Esplanade, got rained on in the Gorge and visited the End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City.

If you want to ketchup with the Tomato (we hear rumors that the Tomato gives away discounts to the fair), it’s headed to Corvallis (Go Beavers!) today and will hang out with the Ducks at Hayward Field in Eugene on Monday (August 11), cruise Drake Park in Bend and Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. It will then start popping up around Salem before it plants itself on the Oregon State Fair grounds on August 21.

about author Mo Sherifdeen

Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.

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  1. Big Tomato says…

    Hi Mo,

    Thanks for the report on my tour stops. I think we’ll be stopping by Autzen Stadium instead of Hayward Field on Monday.

    I’m definitely ripe for more travel. I hope to see you all at the fair!


    Written on August 7th, 2008 / Flag this Comment
  2. Sue Wren says…

    I live in Salem, Oregon, am old, and have a “Bucket List.” One of the things on my Bucket List is a ride in the Big Tomato. Can you help make my dream come true? When? and Where? will you be in Salem? So much fun!! We love the Oregon State Fair!

    Thank you,


    Written on May 24th, 2011 / Flag this Comment

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