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A parrot that paints. Two days of chili cooking. A new pickle song. Those are among the new and expanded events that will be joining traditional favorites like the car show, free entertainment and a variety of food and arts and crafts vendors for the 32nd annual North Carolina Pickle Festival to be held April 27-28, in downtown Mount Olive. Of course, no Pickle Festival would be complete without a pickle-eating contest, Pickle Derby, Pickle Train, Pickle- Packing Competition and free pickle samples. And to help make sure you don't miss any of the activities, there is a downloadable walka- bout app to guide you through the day. The award-winning festival, sponsored by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, was most-recently named a Top-20 Event in the Southeast, which encompasses several different states, said Julie Beck, Chamber president and Pickle Festival co- chairman. "The North Carolina Pickle Festival and the Azalea Festival were the only two listed out of North Carolina," she said. "So I am pretty excited about that. "This is particularly about things in the spring. We will be on their website. This is the first time that we have ever gotten this recognition." For the second year in a row, the Friday night free concert will be held downtown on North Center Street from 7 to 10 p.m. Dance music will be played from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 9 to 10 p.m. The Tazz band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. It also will be the second year that the Cuke Patch 5K run will be a glow run and held down- town as well from 8 to 9 p.m. Carnival rides will be set up in the Steele Memorial Library parking lot Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Friday night, festival- goers can buy a $12 wristband and ride as many rides as they want. The festival moves into high gear Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a full day of free enter- tainment, car show, activities and food and arts and crafts vendors. The day will start off with the Tour de Pickle bike ride. A praise and worship service will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. While all things pickle will rule the day, chili will be a close second. The annual chili cook-off has grown so much in popularity that it will be expanded from one day to two. New categories will be added as well. The one on Friday night will be for home- style chili and Saturday's cookoff will feature red traditional chili and salsa. There are two ticket options to sample the chili. A $5 wristband will allow a per- son to sample chili from seven of the 10 competitors. The second option is to pay $1 for each sam- ple. One of the more popular events is the free classic car show on Saturday when the colorful vehi- 4 — Mount Olive Messenger Wednesday, April 25, 2018 PAINTING PARROTS, CHILI AND A SONG The 32nd annual North Carolina Pickle Festival will have all the traditional events — including the pickle-eating contest, the Pickle Derby, pickle train and Pickle-Packing Competition — as well as a parrot that paints, a new pickle song and two days of chili cooking. Festival-goers eat pickles during a previous year's N.C. Pickle Festival. Story by Steve Herring SEE PAGE 5

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