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Saturday’s annual Tomato Fights always a big hit

A scene from a previous episode of the Pittston Tomato Fights.

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Some of the winners, or are they losers, of a past Tomato Fights event.

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

The Pittston Tomato Festival Tomato Fights will be staged on Saturday, August 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Cooper’s on the Waterfront Restaurant, 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. The entry fee is $5, which includes use of protective eye goggles. All proceeds will benefit local charities. Participants must register in advance at Cooper’s Waterfront or on August 20 at Cooper’s Waterfront.

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.

Teams are welcome.

Space is limited to the first 150 people, and participants must be 15 years old or older. The event is sponsored by Price Chopper.

The tradition of the Tomato Fights began in 1944 in Banul, 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.

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