Pickle Festival

2018

Goldsboro News-Argus - Pickle Festival

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Mount Olive Messenger — 27 It's spring cleaning time It's time for your cooling system's "Spring Cleaning & Check Up" to make sure it's in tip-top shape and performing at peak efficiency! Call Herring Heating & A/C, Inc. to schedule an appointment before the summer heat arrives. 3DBL0418C© Mt.Olive, NC • 919-658-9326 NC License # 27750 V olunteers are an essential part of the suc- cess of the N.C. Pickle Festival. They are perhaps the unsung heroes, the behind- the-scenes players who make it all come together when it's go time. "Volunteers help Friday set-up, some of the mun- dane things — putting out signs, preparing stages, decorating, getting things in place," said Martha Walker, volunteer chair. "Of course, there's some very strong volunteers who help in the big booth, T-shirts and a lot of the Pickle Festival items, or go through all areas of the event, like the Pickle train, pickle-eating contest, the chili cook-off. "We have a little station where people can try their hand at putting pickles in jars. They go around and deliver things, but a lot of the different activities, they're running around. And I think they're going to help this year with the children's area." She estimated there may be upwards of 100 vol- unteers serving in a variety of capacities. Some are individuals who simply want to help or have been involved over the years, but there are others enlisted from different directions. "We have a great group coming from the Mayor's Council in Goldsboro, and there's a youth group that participates, about 25 high school-age stu- dents," she said. "We have had great support from University of Mount Olive and these high school students." One area in potential need of volunteers is the children's activities, which will be run by All the King's Children, a charity in Mount Olive. "There are some things that are going to be located in different places, but that doesn't really change the volunteer need," she said. Walker herself was also a former volunteer before taking the reins in a leadership capacity. "Last year was my first year working with volun- THE HEART OF THE FESTIVAL Volunteers make the N.C. Pickle Festival possible. From set-up to booth management, they are the unsung heroes of the event. CONTINUED TO PAGE 31 Volunteers work during the Pickle-Packing Challenge during a previous year's N.C. Pickle Festival. Story by Phyllis Moore

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