This Friday evening, Nashvillians will gather in the Five Points area in an attempt to make history. They will come from all corners with a single goal in mind: breaking the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as fruits or vegetables.
The attempt has been inspired by the annual Tomato Art Festival, which returns to East Nashville this weekend for its 14th year of art, music, food, contests, kids activities, and, of course, costumes.
“Dressing up in tomato-inspired wear has been a huge part of the festival since its inception,” festival director Jack Davis says. “The world record attempt simply adds a fun way to organize that, but also continues to build international recognition for one of the most unique festivals in America.”
Obtaining the title, as verified by Guinness World Records, will not be easy. According to Davis, the record is currently held by a group in Japan that gathered 888 qualified attendees last April. To increase Nashville’s chances, there will be some costumes available to those who show up underdressed (to qualify as “costumed,” attendees must at least have their torsos covered). But the broader goal is to encourage community spirit and promote the unique power of the festival. The group will assemble at 7 p.m. on 11th Street, between Woodland Street and Holly Street.
“Tomato Art Fest is about celebrating the unifying power of Nashville’s favorite fruit/vegetable,” Davis says. “The record attempt is another way for people to be a part of the magic. The tomato is a uniter, not a divider.”