Pickle Festival

2017

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40 — Mount Olive Pickle Festival Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Guessing the pass TRAIN'S A-COMIN' Julie Beck was sitting in her office at the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce one day when her peaceful existence was interrupted by the sound of a train rolling through town. "I thought, that train comes through my festival every year," said the Chamber president who has also helped organize the N.C. Pickle Festival for 23 years. She decided to take the challenge and turn into an opportu- nity. "Why don't we make a game of it?" she mused. That was probably five years ago, she said, when "Predict the Pickle Pass-Through" was born. Residents are invited to guess what time the train is going to come down the track on the day of the Pickle Festival, April 29. "It's just a guess. If they're from Mount Olive they may go from what they have seen in the past," she said. "The train does not come through the same time every day." But make no mistake, she said, it is a rare festival year when the train does not make an appearance in Mount Olive. "We remind people of that — to get the tracks cleared," Ms. Beck said. "With that big of a crowd, though, especially those coming from out of town, they may not be expecting a train to come through. "Some put chairs on the tracks or cross over frequently throughout the day. There is no sure-fire trick to guessing when the train will be there." The town usually contacts CSX Railroad and lets it know a festival will be going on that day, that there will be upwards of 30,000 people in town, so they might slow it down when approaching the downtown area. The train guessing game is a contest and as such there are rules and prizes. Predict the Pickle Pass-Through invites people to guess what time the train is going to come down the tracks the day of the N.C. Pickle Festival. PICKLE CLUE Kevin, watch out for the clowns, magicians and Circus Stella at the festival. There costumes are so colorful that you will probably want to paint a picture of them See PICKLE PASS, Page 41 Story by Phyllis Moore

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