Pickle Festival

2017

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If you see a group of adults dressed in costumes sprinting through down- town Mount Olive Saturday, don't be alarmed — it's only a mascot race. This year's North Carolina Pickle Festival Mascot Race will have about eight or nine partici- pants, with the possibility of one mascot notorious for having a natural advantage having to sit out or run under some sort of challenge. Festival co-chair Julie Beck said the University of Mount Olive Trojan will either have to sit the race out, hop on one foot or face some other sort of obstacle so he does not have an unfair advantage. His costume does not restrict his ability to run, unlike other mascot costumes that are bulky and difficult to move or see in. Beck said festival organizers wanted to give oth- ers a chance to win the traveling trophy, as the Trojan won with ease last year. "We will divide them up into heats, and there is one winner of each heat," Beck said. "The top win- ners of each heat will compete against each other in a final heat for the trophy." Beck said the traveling trophy has the name of each year's winner engraved on it, and goes home with the winner of the race each year. It is adorned with a giant pickle on top, in keeping with the festival's theme. Last year's race had about 20 participants, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Mount Olive Pickle Festival— 17 108 W. Main Street, Mt. Olive 919-658-6682 VACANT Apartments include a Refrigerator, electric range, central heat & air, blinds, washer/dryer hook-up, and are cable ready 23DKG0413L© EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Rent based on household income MOUNT OLIVE HOUSING AUTHORITY For people ages 62 & over 1 bedroom apartments in Mount Olive Be 919-658-4841 Used Cars, Inc. bestusedcars-mtolive.com 1-800-325-7703 Fax: 919-658-0367 202 W. Park Ave. • Mount Olive 5DDG0416S© Family Owned & Operated Since 1967 FOOT RACE: Mascots to run for victory The annual mascot race will have the UMO Trojan, the crowning victor, racing with other mascots from Mt. Olive Pickle Co., Piggly Wiggly and Chick-Fil-A. Lynn Williams, left, co-chair of the N.C. Pickle Festival Committee, talks with the UMO Trojan in 2016. This year's North Carolina Pickle Festival Mascot Race will have about eight or nine participants, with the possibility of one mascot notorious for having a natural advantage having to sit out or run under some sort of challenge — the athletic UMO Trojan. See FOOT RACE, Page 18 Story by Ethan Smith PICKLE CLUE Sonya, I can't wait for you to ride a camel, let your granddaughter ride a pony and to visit the petting zoo. It will be a moment worth capturing.

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