Colorado-Texas Tomato War

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The Colorado-Texas Tomato War was an annual event held at Twin Lakes, Lake County, Colorado. It was started in 1982 by local hotel owner Taylor Adams,[1] ended in the early 1990s, and was revived in 2011.[2] The event, held in September, pitted hundreds of Coloradans and Texans throwing ripe tomatoes at one another, as Coloradans attempted (and generally succeeded) in overrunning an "Alamo" built of straw bales and defended by the outnumbered Texans.

The combatants were identified by souvenir T-shirts sold by Ms. Adams. The event was based on the rivalry perceived by Coloradans against Texas visitors to the state. It is considered the source for the bumper sticker "Keep Colorado beautiful: put a Texan on a bus."[3][4] There is a festival located in Colorado annually.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ The Inn of the Black Wolf
  2. ^ Jackson, Angie (June 24, 2011). "Colorado tomato war revived after 20-year armistice". The Gazette. 
  3. ^ Tomato wars, by goingsolo, Colorado Local Customs - Culture - VirtualTourist
  4. ^ Anderson, Keith (October 14, 1984). "Coloradans love Texas money, but not the Texans". Lakeland Ledger. p. 9A. 
  5. ^ Golden, Colorado - M-Blem on Mountainside
  6. ^ Top Ten Reasons Dave Wiens Will Beat Lance Armstrong at the Leadville 100, Reason 10.) Twin Lakes is going to have its annual Coloradoans vs Texans tomato war a couple weeks early. It won’t go well for Lance., By Gregg, August 12, 2009, Mountain Bike Review
  7. ^ LeBlanc, Pamela (August 24, 2008). "Laid-back lodge feels a lot like Austin in the Rocky Mountains". Austin American-Statesman. p. K01. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (September 18, 1990). "Texans Win Tomato War". Rocky Mountain News. 

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