People in Warren, Arkansas–or Bradley County–don’t just like pink tomatoes: they live pink tomatoes. In June, that is. And those who moved away from that picturesque small town return to it from Tennessee, Oklahoma, and yes–even Texas–in June, for their box of “Bradley Pinks.” They are greeted by the pink tomato logo staked in yards and hung on doors (barns and otherwise) as far away as Pansy and Calm, AR. And by the time the Pink Tomato Festival Parade begins in Warren, the entire county community has lined the streets. Kids scramble to catch hard candies thrown from a seemingly endless line of car and utility vehicle floats, celebrating everything from the Warren Speedway to winners of the Pink Tomato Festival beauty contests (ages 6 months – 18 years). Parents jaywalk into the street to get that perfect photo of their beauty king or queen, their favorite high school band student, or of their family members and friends who felt led to hop on a car hood and be a “driveway entry” to wave and throw candy to the crowd. The parade signals the beginning of the festival, and the crowd moves en masse “uptown” for games, concessions (read barbecue and fried green tomatoes, here), and star entertainment, all clustered around the magnificent Bradley County Courthouse Square. And then, I… was installed on the parade route: plein aire among camp chairs, strollers, ice chests, and walkers. It was fun for them to be part of this wonderful melange of distractions: Here, hey! Over here!