Pittston Tomato Festival starts strong

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PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It was a nice night for the start of a four-day festival in Luzerne County.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take in the sights and sounds of downtown Pittston.

Organizers of the 35th annual Pittston Tomato Festival are confident Mother Nature can’t dampen the spirit of this summer tradition, but they’re prepared with plenty of tents just in case.

Jerry Mancinelli from Brace’s Orchard in Dallas is one of about 60 vendors at the festival.

He’s selling a variety of fresh fruit, like nectarines, peaches, and the apples they’re known for.

While the heavy rain hasn’t had much of an impact on his trees, not everyone has been so lucky.

“Sadly, for our fellow friends, they’re not faring well,” said Mancinelli.  “It’s a lot of hard work that goes into farming, so for them to lose crops, it breaks our hearts like it does theirs!”

The Pittston Tomato Festival continues through Sunday.  The parade, 5K, and tomato fights take place on Saturday.  Click here to find a full list of events.

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