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Festivalgoers enjoy free Mt. Olive Pickle Co. pick- les. The N.C. Pickle Festival means free pickles for everyone, so don't miss out. Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce President and co-chair of the N.C. Pickle Festival Julie Beck enjoys the Pickle Train ride during the 2016 N.C. Pickle Festival. 2 —Mount Olive Pickle Festival Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Welcome to the 31st N.C. Pickle Festival Welcome to Pickleville and the 31st annual North Carolina Pickle Festival! Take a walk back in time to the 15th century, also known as the Medieval Ages in Europe, where knights on horses competed with swords, archers challenged others, lords and ladies danced, court jesters entertained the crowds and peo- ple lived in castles. My visit to Tallin, Estonia, a Medieval village, in the sum- mer of 2016, inspired this year's North Carolina Pickle Festival T-shirt design. It reminded me of the festive environ- ment that occurs in downtown Mount Olive when the annual North Carolina Pickle Festival comes to town. We may not have knights or archery competitions, but we do have a pickle eating, chili cookoff, pickle packing production challenge, Cuke Patch 5K Glo-Run and Tour de Pickle competi- tions. We don't have lords and ladies but we do have a mascot race featuring Ollie Q. Cumber, Ronald McDonald, Subway, Chick Fil- A-Cow and others. We don't have court jesters to entertain but we do have Circus Stella, camel rides, classic car show, vintage tractors and three stages of entertainment. We don't have a Game of Gherkins, but we do have all of the FREE Mt. Olive Pickles you can eat. Stop by their booth and sample a variety of pickles. Be sure to follow our Pickle Trail and find all things pickle, like dill pickle chips, pickle peanuts, deep-fried pickles, pickle sno- cones, Pickle Treasure Hunt and of course, Mt. Olive Pickle and North Carolina Pickle Festival merchandise. Yes, the 31st annual North Carolina Pickle Festival has some- thing for everyone. Children will enjoy pony rides, the petting zoo, carnival rides and the children's area. Adults will like the UMO Artisan Village, student art- work, arts and crafts vendors and the Got To Be NC Pavilion. Everyone will enjoy our bands, Irish and Mexican dancers, the naturalization ceremony, 22 food vendors and the clowns and magicians. Have an awesome time in our castle, known as historic downtown Mount Olive, and enjoy the 31st annual North Carolina Pickle Festival. It will be the best Game of Gherkins that you will ever play. DILLightfully Yours, Julie R. Beck, chairperson North Carolina Pickle Festival ON THE HUNT: Inside this N.C. Pickle Festival guide are clues to a treasure hunt. When you see a pickle magnifying glass, read the clue. The clues will lead you to a jar of Mt. Olive Pickles has been hidden somewhere at the festival. Solve the riddles, visit the various locations you think the pickle might be hidden and find the jar. The jar will be labeled with a congratulations, if you find it. Take the jar to the information booth located at 123 N. Center St., to claim your prize.

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