PITTSTON — Young women between the ages of 14 and 19 from the Pittston and surrounding areas will compete at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 for the title of Tomato Festival Queen. The winner will receive a $500 cash college scholarship while a $250 cash college scholarship will be awarded to the first runner-up.
Those not attending college may use the scholarship for educational purposes.
Scoring is based on an interview, stage performance and talent. The talent portion of the competition has a time limit of two minutes and talent may include, but is not limited to, a commercial for the festival, song or dance.
Last year’s winner was Dallas resident Courtney Richards.
As press time, the contestants listed for this year are:
Sarah Bingham, 14, of Schickshinny, is a freshman student at Northwest High School. Her activities include dancing, taking karate lessons, reading and participating the school color guard. Her favorite part about the Pittston Tomato Festival is “the food, the people and the community fun.” She will perform a cultural fan dance as her talent.
Hannah Kasko, 14, of Shavertown, is a freshman student at Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School. Her activities include taking vocal and dance lessons, participating in community theatre and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite part about the Pittston Tomato Festival is the “phenomenal food.” She will perform a tap dance to “Can’t Buy Me Love” as her talent.
THERESA ROSE MITTEN
Theresa Rose Mitten, 17, of Harding, is a senior student at Wyoming Seminary College Prepatory School. Her activities include marching band, madrigal singers, theater, dancing and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite part about the Pittston Tomato Festival is “The parade, because you get to see and meet people.” She will be singing “Colors of the Wind” as her talent.
Destiney Seville, 15, of Phymouth, is a sophomore student at Wyoming valley West High School. Her activities include dancing, singing and reading. Her favorite part about the Pittston Tomato Festival is “the food.” She will be dancing to “The House That Built Me” as her talent.