There’s nothing like a tomato pageant

June 27th, 2015 1:40 am

First Posted: 8/6/2013

Women ages 14-19 will vie for the 2013 Miss Tomato Festival Queen. The pageant is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 on the Main Stage. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and the runner up will be awarded $250.

Scoring is based on an on-stage interview, talent performance, personality, poise and appearance. Angel Noone and Jessica Linskey are co-chairpersons of the event.

Last year’s Tomato Queen was Marina Maida of Pittston Twp. She began her reign last August and eagerly looked for duties to promote the title and the Tomato Festival by greeting those attending the festival, helping with the Little Mister and Miss Pageant the next day and presenting the Sauce Wars winner, Café Italia.

As of press time on Saturday, our locals had applied and will vie for the prestigious crown.

All participants are invited to participate in the Tomato Festival parade which will take place Saturday morning, Aug. 17.

Rebecca Colwel, West Pittston, is a senior at Wyoming Area High School where she enjoys math and physics. Outside of school, Colwell’s interests include dancing, band and Girl Scouts, along with tap dancing.

Taylor Kane is a Plains resident and attends Holy Redeemer High School. Among her favorite subjects are science and literature. Away from the classroom, dancing, modeling and cheerleading are on Kane’s short list. Her talent is lyrical dance.

Jacqueline Buckley is the only college student in the mix this year. A freshman at Misericordia University, Buckley is a Nanticoke native. Her major is nursing, while outside of school she enjoys singing, a youth group and working. Her talent is singing.

Celeste McCarley, of Kingston, is a freshman at Wyoming Valley West and enjoys school. Her favorite subjects are English, language arts, orchestra, social studies and science. Her interests outside of school include singing and playing violin. Her talent is singing.

Little Miss, Little Mister

The Little Miss and Little Mister Tomato contest will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. All contestants are asked to be at the festival band shell by 10 a.m.

The first category, “Little Miss Pittston Tomato” is open to girls ages 2-6. The second category, “Little Mister Pittston Tomato” is open for boys ages 2-6.

The categories will be judged with 50 points for beauty and 50 points for personality. The children are asked to wear something they would wear to the Tomato Festival.

One winner will be chosen in each category with one runner-up. Entry fee is $5 and prizes will be awarded. Check should be made payable to the Pittston Tomato Festical, Inc. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Questions should be forwarded to Angel Noone via email at

Send contestant’s name, age, sex, address, phone number and names of parent or guardian along with the entry fee to Pittston Tomato Festival/Contest c/o City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, Pa. 18640.