North Carolina Pickle Festival set for April 27th, aims to break records again

North Carolina Pickle Festival set for April 27th, aims to break records again

Festival staff say this year’s theme is “spy” with a pickle-y twist.

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (WITN) – The North Carolina Pickle Festival hopes to set more records this year with the festival coming up next weekend.

Downtown Mount Olive will be full of people on Saturday, April 27th. A kickoff event will happen the night before.

The festival says after two years of record-breaking turn-out, they hope to break that record again.

Festival staff say this year’s theme is “spy” with a pickle-y twist. Festival-goers are encouraged to come in costume for the chance of winning prizes in individual, couple, group, and children-under-12 brackets. No registration will be required but to show up several minutes before 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Friday’s kick-off event will be from 5-10 p.m. with carnival rides, an outdoor concert featuring Steel County Express, and a 5k glow run. Saturday’s main festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with vendors, events, and more.

“We have learned so much in the past two years, as the Pickle Festival really moved into a new tier in terms of size,” said Julie Beck, festival co-chairperson. “Our goals are still the same – to attract thousands of visitors to our downtown, and to provide a dill-lightful and safe festival experience.”

Hundreds watch the Pickle Eating Contest, held at high noon.The popular Wayne County Cruisers Car Show is one of the largest in Eastern NC.The winner of the 2023 Pickle Eating Contest, Cole Lambert of West Virginia, ate 13 Mt. Olive whole Kosher Dills in five minutes.

The festival says with expected high traffic, shuttles will be provided to downtown with several parking locations.

Pets will not be allowed, but service animals are okay.

For more information on the Pickle Festival, registration, and a full list of events, check the Festival’s website.

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