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So how many pickles can YOU eat at one time?


The N.C. Pickle Festival announces a new Pickle Eating Contest for the 2017 event. It will be held at noon on Saturday, April 29 at the News Argus Corner, located at the intersection of Center and East James streets.

The festival will accept up to 10 participants, five men and five women, aged 18 and over, in advance on a first come, first served basis. Those interested in participating should call the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-658-3113, or email at The festival will also accept two more – a man and a woman – on the day of the festival. Those interested in participating should put forward their names at the contest site by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the festival. If more than one man or woman puts their names forward, the participants will be determined by random drawing.

Each participant will be presented with a bowl of Mt. Olive whole Kosher Dills (of course!) and the man and woman who eats the most pickles in five minutes will be declared the winners. The prize is a trophy, $30 cash, and bragging rights, at least until next year. Sounds dill-licious.

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N.C. Pickle Festival changes up Friday Night


The 2017 North Carolina Pickle Festival announces an all new Friday night April 28 and an all new location: downtown Mount Olive.

The Friday night before the N.C. Pickle Festival’s main day on Saturday has traditionally featured an outdoor concert at the Mount Olive Municipal Airport, and pay-one-price carnival rides downtown from 5-9 p.m.

This year, a free outdoor concert by Dakota Blue is planned for downtown at Ribeyes Steakhouse, located at 112 N. Center Street. The traditional pay-one-price carnival rides returns. And, new this year is the Cuke Patch 5K Glow Run through downtown.

“The Mount Olive Airport is no longer available to us as a concert venue, and we decided to bring everything to downtown on Friday night,” said Julie Beck, festival co-chairman. “We’ve always done the Cuke Patch 5K on Saturday morning, but we thought it would be fun to do a Glow Run and add it to the mix on Friday night. It’s really shaping up to be a nice group of events downtown.”

For complete Friday night details, click here.

Deadline extended for Vendors and Chili Cookoff


The application deadline for both vendors and chili cookoff teams has been extended to Monday, April 3, 2017. We decided to give everyone a bit more breathing room! Get the details for vendors  and the Homestyle Chili Cookoff.

So, you have more time. Get your applications in!

Chili Cookoff looking for a few good teams

The N.C. Pickle Festival will again host a homestyle chili cookoff during its 31st annual event Saturday, April 29, 2017 in downtown Mount Olive.

Presented by First South Bank and the Goldsboro News-Argus, the chili cookoff will be sanctioned by the International Chili Society. The winner will be eligible to advance to the ICS World’s Championship Homestyle Chili Cookoff as a North Carolina Homestyle regional champion.

Teams will compete for cash awards in People’s Choice and Showmanship categories. Prizes include $300, $150 and $75 for the main competition, $300 for People’s Choice, and $75 for Showmanship.

Homestyle chili, as defined by ICS, is simply the cook’s favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. All chili for the competition must be prepared on site the day of the N.C. Pickle Festival, but cooks may prepare their People’s Choice chili in advance to serve throughout the day.

For complete details, click here.

Vendor applications are now being accepted

Vendor applications for the 2017 N.C. Pickle Festival are now being accepted. Avoid paying late fees and register by the early bird deadline, March 14. The festival accepts vendor applications in five categories: commercial, food, non-profit, information and arts & crafts. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis, and we notify you within a few weeks if you will be accepted for this year’s event.  Click here for details.



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