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4 — Mount Olive Pickle Festival Wednesday, April 26, 2017 PICKLED IN HISTORY: 31 years of Pickle Festival fun The North Carolina Pickle Festival will cele- brate its 31st anniversary this year with a revamped Friday night concert that will be held downtown. And as always, the festival will include crowd favorites like the classic car show, carnival rides for children and all kinds of vendors, food and entertainment and relatively new events like the second annual homestyle chili cookoff. The festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, will actually be the 32nd festival held to celebrate all things pickle. The first Pickle Festival was held May 15-17, 1952, to mark the success of the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Gov. W. Kerr Scott attended the festival that was sponsored by the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees with the support of the town and area merchants. It was reported that 5,000 people viewed the first-day parade on Center Street — a far cry from Saturday crowds now estimated in excess of 40,000. The first festival included a blueberry pie-eat- ing contest won by Billy Troutman, a horse show, and a coronation ball at the old commu- Story by Steve Herring The very first Pickle Festival was held to celebrate the success of the Mt. Olive Pickle Co., and though it took a hiatus, the festival came back in the '80s and has been going strong ever since. See PICKLED IN HISTORY, Page 5 The first festival included a blueberry pie-eating contest, a horse show and a coronation ball at the old community gym where Miss Peggy Roberts (pictured top and right) representing Goldsboro High School, was crowned Miss 1952 Festival Queen. Michelle, did you know that the David John Aaron Historical Museum features a variety of artwork and pottery? Be sure to visit it during the festival. PICKLE CLUE

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