NILAND — The small town of Niland in the Imperial Valley's Northend is set for its 61st annual Tomato and Sportsman's Festival.
The festival will start at 5 p.m. Friday and run through Sunday evening.
Donna Dearmore, a member of the Niland Chamber of Commerce board, said she wasn't sure how the festival started, but she said, "Sixty years ago the city was mostly tomato growers."
"That's pretty much how the tomato festival got started," she added.
She also said organizers changed the fest's dates from the first weekend in February to the second to not compete with the Holtville Carrot Festival.
"We're trying to get more people," she added.
The winners of two queen categories will be named Saturday. Competing in the grade school category are Christina Tafoya, 4, and Tracey Charles, 4, both of Niland. In the middle school category Patricia Martinez, 12, and Dayna McEntire, 11, are the candidates.