Pittston Tomato Festival Celebrates 35 Years
PITTSTON— While the Pittston Tomato Festival may only be four days long, it takes a team of volunteers an entire year to put everything together.
During the opening ceremony Thursday night, the volunteers received praise and officials spoke about what they’re most excited to see this year at the 35th annual festival.
Volunteer Britney Cheskiewicz, last year’s tomato festival queen, sang the national anthem during the opening ceremony.
“It feels wonderful to sing the national anthem for all these people,” Cheskiewicz said. “I love this festival with all my heart, that’s why I entered the pageant last year and its been an amazing year representing Pittston. The festival brings the community together and it’s just a wonderful time to get together with everyone you know.”
State Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp., made a surprise stop at the festival Thursday, calling the festival one of the greatest in Pennsylvania.
“The tomato festival is amazing because of the food, games and the revitalization of downtown Pittston,” Yudichak said.
“But they also have a terrific core group of volunteers, that have been with it for the last two decades, making it happen. So, I really hope people come out and enjoy this amazing festival.”
Yudichak credited Mayor Michael Lombardo, Chairwoman Lori Nocito and the festival committee for their hard work.
Nocito said she loves watching the community show up and just enjoy themselves, and the fact that they were showing up early, is always a good sign.
“We’re going to have a great four days,” Nocito said. “We have an amazing committee that do a great job of putting this place together. But during the festival there is also the 5K run, the parade and the tomato fights. There are many reasons for people to visit, so, its going to be a lot of fun.”
Lombardo joked about the weather and said he was very happy the rain stopped and the weather was perfect.
“This is a culmination of a year’s worth of work done by a great committee,” Lombardo said. “So I’m always excited to see everyone here, but I’m most excited to see what this community is able to do. The music alone is enough to get people here, but it’s going to be a great four great days filled with food, fun and friendships.
Festivities continue through Sunday. For schedule information, visit http://www.pittstontomatofestival.com/.
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