Pickle Festival

2017

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Mount Olive Pickle Festival — 33 GET 'EM WHILE IT'S HOT: 2017 merchandise on sale The North Carolina Pickle Festival logo fea- tures an unique medieval design reflecting the travel adventures of Chamber President Julie Beck, fes- tival co-chairman. Pickle Festival T-shirts featuring the logo come in light blue, kiwi green, daisy yellow and red and match the design. Youth T-shirts are $12 each and come in 2T, 3T and 4T for toddlers and small, medium and large for youths. Adult T-shirts are $15 for sizes small to extra-large; $17 for 2X and $18 for 3X. Caps and visors are $15 each. The shirts have a small logo on the front and a large logo on the back. This past summer, Ms. Beck spent a month in Europe exploring Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. These countries, formerly part of the Soviet Union, are dotted with castles, churches and hilltop fortresses, classic architec- ture of the medieval era. "I fell in love with Tallinn, Estonia, an exceptionally complete and well-preserved medieval city that was developed throughout the 13th to 16th century," Ms. Beck said. "As I stood at the cas- tle, that was built in the 13th century by crusading knights, and overlooked the city, I was impressed with the scenery, atmosphere, lay- out and architecture of the city. It was stunning and spoke to my heart and soul." When Ms. Beck and festi- val co-chairman Lynn Williams met last August to discuss the upcoming fes- tival, Ms. Beck talked about her travels. "She asked if we could have a medieval theme for the 2017 event," Mrs. Williams said. "She was so passionate about her adventures, and when I saw photographs of her travels and heard her vision about a medieval theme, I was sold on the idea. I knew it would be a unique design. "We are so fortunate to have a co-chair- person who travels the world and brings back amazing ideas for our festival." The design features a castle, jousting knights, lords and ladies, peasants and an archer, typical of the medieval era, except this design features pickles, of course. Graphic Imprints, based in Billings, Montana, suggested the addition of "Game of Gherkins," a play-off of the popular "Game of Thrones," an American drama medieval fantasy epic. The "Game of Gherkins" connected the medieval theme with the pickle theme. The festival is sponsored by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to www.ncpicklefest.org or contact the Chamber office at 919-658-3113. This year, rock a colorful T-shirt sporting the Game of Gherkins medieval theme. Julie Beck, Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce president and N.C. Pickle Festival co-chair, holds a T-shirt that will be available for purchase during the 2017 N.C. Pickle Festival. PICKLE CLUE Katie, it takes a VILLAGE to put on the North Carolina Pickle Festival. Story by Steve Herring

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