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Wrapping up the 2017 Pickle Festival will be a com- munity worship service. It will take place April 30 at 6 p.m. at Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church. It will run a little more than an hour, said Kevin Mooring, executive worship pastor at the church. There will be a time of prayer at the beginning of the service. Then it will be mostly worship through music as the University of Mount Olive's Free Spirit performs. "It's basically sermon in song by Free Spirit," Mooring said. "The last few years we have featured Free Spirit and we will again this year. We have invit- ed them for the last several years and now it's an annual thing to use them in this community service. In my eyes, it's a time to make sure that the universi- ty is included in this coming together and supporting not only the Pickle Festival, but the university as well." The ensemble is directed by Dr. Alan Armstrong. Mooring said the Pickle Festival worship service used to be held years ago, but then kind of wanned. "So we just picked it back up," he said. "We decided to bring back that time of fellowship." Mooring said the community wor- ship services is a time to come togeth- er as a community at the end of the Pickle Festival and celebrate its suc- cess and give thanks to God for such a great weekend. "We hold it as just a time to bring the com- munity together and hopefully churches, too, to worship togeth- er and fellowship together," he said. "That's the main focal point of the service. And at the same time, we worship God as a family and as a community with our brothers and sisters in Christ." Mooring said that those who have attended past community worship services have commented that it was a special time and a time to reflect and give thanks. "Everyone really enjoys it," he said. "It's refreshing to come together and just worship as a community." Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Mount Olive Pickle Festival — 45 WORSHIP ON SUNDAY All Stars Day Camp as a camp leader as well as at Desiree Autrey's Academy of Performing Arts. The pageant began in 2001 and is directed by Desiree Autrey Houston and her mother, Deborah Autrey. The contestants by division were: • Baby Miss (0-2 years): Ava Kate Ryan, Jade Richardson, Eliza Vann and Zoey Jackson. • Mini Miss (3-4 years): Zakiya Simmons and Maggie Lancaster. • Tiny Miss (5-7 years): Keely Deal and Kynze Wilson. • Little Miss (8-9 years): Baker Sumner and Aubree Balch. • Junior Miss (10-12 years): Blair Sarvis. • Young Miss (13-15 years): Sydney Moss, Mackenzie Rigsbee, Kourtni Gerken and Baylor Harris. • Teen Miss (16-18 years): Catherine Smith. • Miss (19-28 years): Katie Stallings. • Ms. (25 and up): Kayla Adams. • Mrs.: Savanna Abernathy- Torres. The winners were: Baby Miss N.C. Pickle Princess • Jade Richardson. • Eliza Vann, first runner-up. • Ava Kate Ryan, second run- ner-up. • Zoey Jackson, third runner- up. • Most Photogenic, Zoey Jackson. • Best Dressed, Eliza Vann. • Best Model, Eliza Vann. • Most Beautiful, Eliza Vann. Mini Miss N.C. Pickle Festival • Maggie Lancaster. • Zakiya Simmons, first runner- up. • Most Photogenic, Maggie Lancaster. • Best Dressed, Maggie Lancaster. • Best Model, Maggie Lancaster. • Most Beautiful, Zakiya Simmons. • Talent Award, Maggie Lancaster. Tiny Miss N.C. Pickle Princess • Kynze Wilson. • Keely Deal, first runner-up. • Most Photogenic, Keely Deal. • Best Dressed, Keely Deal. • Best Model, Kynze Wilson. • Most Beautiful, Keely Deal. • Talent Award, Kynze Wilson. Little Miss N.C. Pickle Princess • Baker Sumner. • Aubree Balch, first runner-up. • Best Dressed, Aubree Balch. • Talent Award, Baker Sumner. Junior Miss N.C. Pickle Princess • Blair Sarvis. She also received the Most Photogenic, Best Dressed, Best Model, Most Beautiful and Talent awards. Young Miss N.C. Pickle Princess • Baylor Harris. • Mackenzie Rigsbee, first run- ner-up. • Sydney Moss, second runner- up. • Kourtni Gerken, third runner- up. • Most Photogenic, Kourtni Gerken. • Best Dressed, Kourtni Gerken. • Best Model, Kourtni Gerken. • Most Beautiful, Kourtni Gerken. Teen Miss N.C. Pickle Princess • Catherine Smith. She also received the Most Photogenic, Best Dressed, Best Model, Most Beautiful and Talent awards. Miss N.C. Pickle Princess • Katie Stallings. Ms. N.C. Pickle Princess • Kayla Adams. Continued from 44 Festival features service to cap off weekend COURT See COURT, Page 46 The community worship service will end the N.C. Pickle Festival beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. PICKLE CLUE Take the free UMO shuttle to/from the festival. While riding the bus, enjoy the beautiful scenes of Mount Olive.

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