Pickle Festival

2018

Goldsboro News-Argus - Pickle Festival

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 The Messenger — 7 WAYNE COUNTY D E V E L O P M E N T A L L I A N C E 31DSP0418C© DOWNTOWN EMC will be selling concession at the rides. Ribeyes on North Center Street will be open and will offer a beer garden. The town has an ordinance pro- hibiting open alcohol containers on town streets. Last year, there were some issues with people coming outside to watch the concert while still drinking. It will be up to the town to figure out how it will handle that issue this year. The annual chili cook-off is normally held on the Saturday of the festival weekend. But its popularity has grown to the point that it will be expanded from one day to two. New categories have been added as well. The cook-off on Friday night will be for homestyle chili, and Saturday's cook-off 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 sample. At the same time on Friday, many of the food vendors will be setting up for Saturday, Williams said. But they will not be open on Friday night. It is just a lot of activity going on Friday night before Saturday, and is all about bringing people downtown, Williams said. "I think this year is an opportunity to build on what we started last year," she said. "I think it will be even bigger and better in terms of participation and attendance." 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 Check the N.C. Pickle Festival website, www.ncpicklefest.org, for updates for the event. For more information, contact the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-658-3113. FRIDAY NIGHT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6

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