The big red tomato in downtown Leamington has been a fixture in the town for years.
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Leamington’s famous big tomato that has served as a visitor information booth for decades has been closed.“The tomato sustained significant water damage over the winter months,” Leamington’s manager of communications and public relations Kelly Sfetkidis said Tuesday via email.The tomato-shaped tourist booth that was painted on the inside like the inside flesh of a tomato opened in May 1961. The Talbot Street booth was operated by the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce which with the Municipality of Leamington closed the big tomato.“Upon opening for the 2019 season, it was discovered that the structure had deteriorated into a state of disrepair since its closure in the fall of 2018 to such an extent that the Chamber was concerned for the safety of its volunteer ambassadors,” Leamington announced through a press release Tuesday afternoon.Related
It is expected to remain closed “pending the completion of a condition assessment and the development of an action plan.”The assessment will help determine how the big tomato will be used in the future. Meanwhile, Leamington will examine how to deliver information to tourists and may focus on the use of mobile technology this email@example.com/winstarhill