Pittston, Pennsylvania: Quality Tomato Capital of the World Statue

A big, bright red sculpted tribute to the Quality Tomato Capital of the World. The town holds an annual festival, featuring a tomato pageant and a tomato fight.

Address:
William St., Pittston, PA
Directions:
Downtown, southeast corner of N. Main St. and US Hwy 11/William St.
Hours:
Festival is mid-late August weekend. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
570-655-1424
Admission:
Free
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Tomato Festival and Pride

Every year this little city gives great attention to America's favorite vegetable...um, I mean fruit (technically). The city of Pittston has celebrated the tomato for the last 31 years. The three day celebration includes a 5k run, a tomato-themed parade, a tomato fight, tomato pageants, and tomato based contest (think you grew the "perfect" tomato, bring it in to be judged).

Pittston's love of the tomato dates back to the 1930s and it has proclaimed itself the "The Quality Tomato Capital of the World". You will see the tomato influence and pride throughout the city, as there are tomato sculptures, painted buildings, and the tomato is even on the street signs.

[Frank Noti, 08/29/2014]

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