PITTSTON – Diane’s Deli & Internet Café has played its own part in the Pittston Tomato Festival for each of the past 13 years.
The deli has hosted the Arms of Steel Arm Wrestling Championship during that time, each year on the Saturday of the Tomato Festival.
This year’s event will be the 21st annual, dating back to other venues prior to settling at Diane’s Deli, 206 S. Main St., Pittston. The event is scheduled for Aug. 22 with weigh-ins from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and competition starting at 3:30 sharp.
Competition is divided by men and women and into multiple weight classes as well as right-hand and left-hand divisions.
“We’ll also have a Novice Division for people in town who want to go against each other,” said Diane Simko, from Diane’s Deli.
Professional arm wrestling Tom “Nitro” Simko, who coaches a team of arm wrestlers based out of Diane’s Deli, created the event and organizes it each year, helping to draw professional competitors. Simko, of Harding, is a veteran of international competitions in the sport.
Prizes will include T-shirts, medals and plaques.
Each division will be double-elimination and an overall champion will also be determined.
Food will be served throughout the event. No one under 18 years of age will be admitted.