Jacksonville is known as "The Tomato Capitol of the World" because of its history as the largest tomato producer in the area. For over three decades, the city has celebrated this savory red fruit with Tomato Fest. The festival features numerous tomato-themed activities and competitions, including tomato eating contests, a salsa competition, and a tomato shooting range to name a few. In 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records certified that Jacksonville had created the world's largest bowl of salsa, a vat which weighed in at a staggering 2,672 pounds. Do not miss this summertime event, where visitors come for the fun and stay for the produce.
Lake Jacksonville is a massive man-made lake which sits just southeast of town. It was created in the 1950s to be Jacksonville's primary source of water and has since developed into one the area's best destinations for outdoor recreation. Much of the lake's 25 miles of shoreline is occupied by private homes, but there are also plenty of public recreation spots and three boat ramps. It is a great place to throw a line in; anglers go for bass, brim, and sunfish among others. The wooded shore also features several picnic areas, campsites, and some RV hookups.