Pickle Festival

2018

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teers," she explained. "We lived here before and I worked with some other Pickle Festival activity. We moved away and then two years ago we moved back to Mount Olive and Julie (Beck, festival co- chairman) got me right back to it." She said she has been fortunate in that she has not had to do much in the way of recruiting. "We just have people sign up through the website," she said. "There are a lot of people who come and volunteer year after year and they're working a shift and spend the rest of the day attending the festival." The website is www.ncpicklefest.org. There is also an email address for vol- unteers — ncpicklefestvolunteers@gmail.com. Walker says she enjoys working with the group who step up and do their part to make this annual event even more fun and contribute to its success in many ways. "The volunteers are all really enthusi- astic and they add a lot of spirit to that day," she said. "They just bring a lot of enthusiasm. If people ask questions, the volunteers are there to help. "My experience last year was the volun- teers were so cooperative. They really help with a lot of big activities that hap- pen — like the mascot race, the pickle- eating contest — they help them run a lot more smoothly. They have a lot of spirit and fun because they're just happy to be there." It is priceless having these people will- ing to be plugged in wherever needed, who are so generous with their time, she said. "The volunteers work from early in the morning through the afternoon," she said. "There are just a lot of things that hap- pen because of the festival. "Last year I was moving them around because a lot of the big events happen on a schedule. But some things pop up." And it doesn't end when the event con- cludes and the festival-goers head home. There's the aftermath, the clean-up and restoring the downtown area to its former state. "It's not glamorous but it's important," Walker said. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Mount Olive Messenger — 31 37DMS0318C© Family Owned & Operated Since 1967 bestusedcars-mtolive.com 202 W. Park Ave. • Mount Olive Used Cars, Inc. 919-658-4841 1-800-325-7703 Fax: 919-658-0367 Be Downtown Mount Olive CELEBRATING THE NC PICKLE FESTIVAL Check Facebook for Listing of Promotional Items! Check out the great "Dills" inside the store 11DAG0418C© Will Be "ursday, Friday & Saturday ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE THE HEART OF THE FESTIVAL A long with enjoy- ing all of the entertainment, activities and food the N.C. Pickle Festival has to offer, festival-goers this year can help a fam- ily prepare for a new home. Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne and the Mount Olive Partners for Habitat will hold a service project from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28, for a house they are building on West Pollock Street. The site is one block south of the carnival rides that will be set up in the Steele Memorial Library parking lot. "We will do the floor system and subfloor sys- tem in that day, and we will see how far we get," said Matthew Whittle, Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne execu- tive director. "The goal is just to give anybody who is interested an opportu- nity to come out and participate. "If that means folks come out and they swing a hammer with us for 15 minutes and drive two or three nails and then they are on to what the pickle festival has to offer, then that's great. If they want to come and spend all four hours with us, then that would be wonderful, too." That will be the day that construction on the house really cranks up, Whittle said. "It is going to be excit- ing," he said. "Things are going to be happening fast. When you consider we are doing it with vol- unteers, that house is going to come together quickly. I think it is something people travel- ing downtown going to the library can see it and get excited and be proud of it." Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne and the Mount Olive Partners for Habitat are planning to build two new houses for low- to moderate-income fami- lies. These houses — numbers nine and 10 in the Mount Olive area — will be built at 202 W. Pollock St. and 108 S. Chestnut St. A tradition- al first-nail ceremony was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, in which nails were driven into a board. The fundraising goal for the two homes is $86,000 — $43,000 for each house by June 30, 2019 For questions or more information on the Mount Olive build, con- tact Whittle at 919-736- 9592, ext. 5. To donate, visit www.habitatgolds- boro.org. Checks can be mailed to 131 E. Walnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530, with "Mount Olive Build 2018" in the memo line. BUILDING A NEW HOME CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 Story by Steve Herring

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