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What festival has your name on it?
I’ve been giving you a heads up on fairs and festivals each week this summer, and you seem to appreciate it. So … here goes. If you’re in search of potato pancakes and pierogies, your nearest beer tent, or your favorite ice cream, have no fear. There’s still plenty of summer fun to enjoy. Let’s see where we’re going this week:

  • Pittston Tomato Festival, Aug. 15-18, in downtown Pittston. Celebrating Pittston’s famous tomatoes, this festival offers plenty of ethnic food, live entertainment, a parade, 5K run, games, rides, arts and crafts and more. The Tomato Fights, to benefit charity, will be held on Aug. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Cooper’s on the Waterfront Restaurant. For more information, visit And be sure to bring your appetite!
  • Slavic Festival, Aug. 16-17, at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Mifflin Ave. and Linden St., Scranton. This event features Festival ethnic foods, a beer tent, games, raffles and plenty of live entertainment. On Friday, enjoy the music of Take 3 and on Saturday, Doubleshot will take center stage. The festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. both nights.
  • Italian Festival, Aug. 16-18, at Church of Saint Joseph, 721 Monroe St., Berwick. Enjoy ethnic foods, baked goods, games of chance, basket raffles, crafts and entertainment. The festival runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday; and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Harford Fair, Aug. 19-24, at the Harford Fairgrounds. Enjoy live entertainment, food, exhibits and more. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Make a day of it
If you feel like taking a little road trip, you might want to head to the Philadelphia area this weekend for the 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. The event will be held Aug. 16 to 18, in Upper Salford Township (near Schwenksville). The festival transforms a working farm into a musical “soundpark.” For a complete schedule of entertainment and ticket information, visit

You’re invited to a Garden Party
No matter how much food you ingest at these festivals over the weekend, you simply must save room for a special event next week. A fundraiser featuring locally grown produce, international food and herb-infused cocktails is coming your way on Aug. 21. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., friends will gather at Jack’s Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave., Scranton, for an event to benefit Laurie’s Community Garden. For those of you who may not be familiar with this cause, Laurie’s Community Garden is a project of Shalom Scranton, a non-profit charity which provides fresh produce to a local food pantry and monthly free hot meals, free healthy cooking and gardening education to children and adults. In addition to the unique appetizers and cocktails, the event will feature a homemade salsa competition, too. Sounds like a tasty way to get through that mid-week slump.  Tickets are $15 at Duffy Accessories and The Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park. For more information, visit The Greenhouse Project on Facebook or

That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and we’ll meet you here again next week.

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