The NC Pickle Festival is an event thousands look forward to year after year! The event has so much to offer, which is what draws in such large, diverse crowds. There is something for everyone at the festival for people of all ages. Still not sold as to why you should pack the car and bring the family? Below are five reasons why you can’t miss the 2018 NC Pickle Festival.
1. Ollie’s Anthem Contest
Show how much you love pickles with a performance from the heart. We have the lyrics, but need your spin. Put our words to you music, record your performance in a video and upload it. Submissions will be put up to an online vote and two of the top vote-getters will have the opportunity to perform LIVE at the N.C. Pickle Festival on Saturday, April 28. The grand prize will be a year’s supply of Mt. Olive Products and $350 cash. The runner up will receive $100 cash.
2. Foodies Galore
If you are a foodie, the N.C. Pickle Fest is the place to be! The day-long festival features many food-oriented aspects. Sample delicious chili from award-winning competitors in a variety of categories or try your hand at the Pickle Eating competition! One thing is certain, you will not leave the festival with an empty stomach.
3. Great Way to Get Moving
Before you enjoy all the delicious pickles and other yummy festival food, attendees will have the opportunity to get moving. On Friday night, we offer the Cuke Patch 5K Glow Run! Start your Saturday by spinning your way through the Tour de Pickle, a bicycle race where you will ride through scenic Wayne, Duplin, and Sampson counties!
4. Family Fun for Everyone
The NC Pickle Festival is truly an event the entire family will enjoy. Catch Circus Stella, take a twirl on the carnival rides, enjoy magic shows and roaming clowns. Families can also partake in the Pickle Packing Production Challenge, ride the Pickle Train, watch the Mascot Race, check out the Student Art contest, and more. Check out our Festival App mobile guide to plan your day!
5. UMO Artisan Village
Finally, support local artists, artisans and craftsmen at the Artisan Village, sponsored by the University of Mount Olive. Here you will find fine art, paintings, pottery and glasswork, jewelry and more! You can watch live demonstrations, purchase products, and learn about different crafts. The Artisan Village is located on the corner of East Main and Center Streets.
There truly is fun for everyone at the NC Pickle Festival and we hope you will join us this year on Saturday, April 28 in beautiful downtown Mount Olive!