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Pittston Tomato Festival Wraps Up With Music, Food And Fun

August 20, 2018 GMT

PITTSTON — It was already starting to get crowded early Sunday afternoon for the last day of the 35th Annual Pittston Tomato Festival.

Parking spaces on Main Street and other roads near the festival grounds were getting hard to find, despite cloudy skies and high humidity.

Young children and their parents lined up outside a bounce house billed as “the inflatable experience.”

Seats gradually filled near a stage where young performers from Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts sang with gusto.

Lines formed at the dozens of food vendors, who sold treats such as hot dogs, pizza, pasta, cheesesteaks, ice cream and cheesecake on a stick.


Several booths and tables featured volunteers hoping to raise money for local organizations, mainly through raffles.

Rachael Stark was taking her turn at the Rotary of Pittston table.

The most popular raffle item was a chance to win tickets to a home football game at Penn State, Stark said. Enrollment for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides one free book per month to children regardless of their family’s income, also proved popular, she said.

Stark, a 23-year-old from Wyoming and the newest member of the local Rotary Club, said she looks forward to the tomato festival each year.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a baby,” she said.

Pittston City Little League also raised money through a raffle, with a first prize of $1,000 in cash.

All money raised will go toward the completion of a renovation project at the league’s athletic fields, according to Sue Smith, league president.

Art and Arlene Williams, of Luzerne, were back for their second day at this year’s festival.

They flocked to the food vendors to enjoy “things we don’t normally eat,” Art Williams said.

“This is a well-run festival,” he said. “Music, food ... it’s a good time.”

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