Festival kicks off Youth Initiative fundraising, draws 1,200

SOME LIKE IT HOT—Judges for the first salsa contest in downtown Rockford were radio personality Andy Rent, Reds Chef Glen Forgie, City Manager Michael Young, Rockford Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler, and On the Town’s Joanne Bailey-Voorsma.

The first Heirloom tomato festival drew crowds and helped pack downtown Rockford on Saturday, August 22. In the parking lot of the Promenade, the festival included a salsa contest that tried the taste buds of judges, who had to sample a whopping 34 salsas. Some caused sweat to break out on judges’ faces, but no […]