Pittston Tomato Festival: Area girls will vie for Tomato Queen crown

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Britney Cheskiewicz, 16, of Wyoming, left, is crowned the 2017 Pittston Tomato Festival queen by 2016 Queen Destiny Seville as first runner-up Sofia Costagliola, of Pittston, looks on. - Bill Tarutis file photo | For Sunday Dispatch

Area girls who have always dreamed of being a queen will have the chance to make their dreams come true when they participate in the annual Tomato Queen Pageant.

The pageant will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 in the Tomato Festival Lot.

Girls between the ages of 14 and 19 will be scored on an interview, stage performance and talent. The talent portion of the competition has a time limit of two minutes and may include a commercial for the festival, a song and/or a dance.

The winner will receive a $500 cash college scholarship and the runner-up will receive a $250 cash college scholarship. Those not attending college may use the money for other educational purposes.

Participants are also invited to ride in the parade at 10:30 a.m.; however, parade participation is not required. Participants must obtain a car and driver of their choice. Participants must create a sign for each side of the car which reads “2018 Tomato Festival Queen Finalist.”

Applications are available at the Pittston City Hall, 35 Broad St. and the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, William Street and Kennedy Boulevard or by emailing Sarah Donahue, pageant chairperson, at sdonahue@cityofpittston.org of Angel Strelish-Noone, pagent chairperson, at angelpa5@aol.com.

Deadline for entry is Aug. 14.

Britney Cheskiewicz, 16, of Wyoming, left, is crowned the 2017 Pittston Tomato Festival queen by 2016 Queen Destiny Seville as first runner-up Sofia Costagliola, of Pittston, looks on.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Queen.CMYK_-1.jpgBritney Cheskiewicz, 16, of Wyoming, left, is crowned the 2017 Pittston Tomato Festival queen by 2016 Queen Destiny Seville as first runner-up Sofia Costagliola, of Pittston, looks on. Bill Tarutis file photo | For Sunday Dispatch

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