Tomato Fights

You don't have to travel to Banul, Spain to squash and throw tomatoes at your friends and neighbors.

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd at 1:30 p.m.
Waterfront Warehouse (formerly Cooper's) - 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston
PRICE: $10 entry fee; $10 Tshirt
REGISTRATION: Begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Waterfront Warehouse

The Pittston Tomato Festival Tomato Fights will be held on Saturday, August 17th at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Waterfront Warehouse (formerly Cooper's), 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. The entry fee is $10 - Tshirts are $10. All proceeds will benefit local charities. Participants must register at the Waterfront Warehouse.

One open round of up to 150 goggle wearing participants will divide and face off in a battle where there are no losers. Participants will toss rotten tomatoes which will be aimed at friendly foes across a parking lot. The trick is not only to gather and throw tomatoes, but also to duck and throw.

Space is limited to the first 150 people, and participants must be 12 years old or older.

Teams are welcome!

All proceeds will benefit Greater Pittston charities. To date, several groups of people are ready and eager to challenge each other on opposites sides of the arena. Its much better to throw tomatoes at someone you know, said one participant from a past year's tomato fights.

The tradition of the tomato fights began in 1944 in Bunol, Spain. Every year, truckloads of tomatoes are dumped into the town square and everyone is fair game as they crush and throw tomatoes at each other. The Pittston Tomato Fights will be a bit more organized, albeit organized chaos, and truckloads of fun.


Photo Credits: Kristen Mullen, Sunday Dispatch and the Scranton Times