SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH., 2017
THAT'S ONE GOOD LOOKING TOMATO!
Now don't start jumping to conclusions! This is not an ode to my wife, daughters, or grand daughters (although they're all very deserving). My weekly program on Electric City Television was devoted to the Pittston Tomato Festival this past week. It's amazing what this little red piece of fruit has done for the City! Without any bacon or lettuce! People outside of northeastern Pennsylvania still know it as "Coal Country" even though deep mining ended around these parts after the Knox Mine Disaster in 1959. And while it's important to remember our heritage it's also nice to know there's more to our area than "Black Gold." In this case....it's "Red Gold!" Folks in Pittston insist that the soil above all those old underground mine tunnels is uniquely rich and allows for the growth of some of the tastiest tomatoes anywhere. They spend 4 days each year trying to prove it with the Tomato Festival! The event now draws upwards of 40,000 people to this community of under 10,000 residents! There's musical entertainment, crafts, all kinds of foods (not only those with a tomato base), a Pageant, a race, and a parade. The best tomatoes win prizes. Those that don't make the competition are very likely used in the highlight event....the Tomato Fight! Contestants pay 5 bucks to throw rotten tomatoes at other contestants. I suspect most of us would like to be in the competition AND probably know some others we'd like to have as targets! I wonder if we could get some of our elected officials to sign up! That could bring in thousands! And all the entry fee money goes to local charities! This is big stuff! You'd think Heinz would wise up and set up one of its factories in the city! I'm trying to get them to expand the Festival to a full week. They could close each day with a duel between politicians! Think of the possibilities! Hope you remember to "Duck", and that all your NEWS is good!