Pickle Festival

2017

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Mount Olive Pickle Festival — 41 HOW MANY PICKLES CAN YOU EAT? Festival offers up a So just how many pickles can you eat in one sitting? The 31st annual North Carolina Pickle Festival will offer you chance to answer that ques- tions at its first-ever pickle-eat- ing contest on Saturday, April 29. The contest is set for noon at the News Argus Corner, located at the intersection of Center and East James streets in downtown Mount Olive. "We've had requests for a pickle-eating contest over the years, but we have never really pursued it before," said Julie Beck, festival co-chairman. "But this year just seems to be the year to try it." The event will not be a part of any professional eating competition, just a chance for anyone who wants to test themselves — and their con- stitutions. The pickles, of course, will be Mt. Olive Pickles — whole kosher dills, to be exact. Participants will have 5 minutes to down their own bowl of them. The field will be limited to 12 participants — six men and six women ages 18 and over. The festival is accepting up to 10 participants, five men and five women, prior to Saturday, April 29. Participants can enter on a first-come, first served basis by calling the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-658-3113, or by emailing their interest to president@mountolivechamber.com. Organizers will hold open a minimum of one male and one female slot for the day of the festi- val, to give festival-goers a chance to enter. If more than one in the male or female cate- gories expresses an interest, a random drawing for each category will be held to determine who competes. The winner in each category receives a $30 cash prize, and bragging rights, of course, at least until next year. "It ought to be a lot of fun, and it cer- tainly creates a public event that focuses on our festival's claim to fame," Ms. Beck said. "It's going to be dill-licious." The award-winning North Carolina Pickle Festival, presented by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, draws tens of thousands to downtown Mount Olive on the last full weekend in April each year. PICKLE PASS pickle eating contest This is the first year the N.C. Pickle Festival will offer a pickle eating competition. It will challenge competitors to eat as many pickles as they possibly can in the span of five minutes. PICKLE CLUE Lindsey, join us in our Pickle Eating contest at 12 noon on Saturday. Try to see how many pickles you can eat in the designated time. The image of your stuff- ing your mouth with pickles will be worth a 1,000 words. Submit your best guess to the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce by e- mail to president@mounto- livechamber.com or mail it in to the Chamber office, 123 N. Center Street, Mount Olive, NC 28565. Entries are due by mid- night Friday, April 28. The person sitting at the information booth is respon- sible for writing down the time when the nose of the train goes past the booth on Center Street. That serves as the official time. "Then we go back and go through the time sheets and find the one closest without going over," Ms. Beck said. "And then we contact the winner to come by and get some prizes from CSX and Mt. Olive Pickle."

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