Friday 18 Oct 2019

Rain Can’t Stop DILL-Lightful Pickle Party (PHOTO GALLERY)

Despite a wet start, the North Carolina Pickle Festival got rolling Friday night with people gathering in Mount Olive early to take part in the 5k Glow Run followed by the concert that was supposed to by held in the street to kickoff the weekend event. The band Feral Cats moved their show up stairs in the Rib Eye Steak House to avoid the rain.

The weather Saturday morning was a little better as riders signed up for for the 25, 50 and 75 mile bike rides that kicked off at 9:30 AM at the Johnny Walker Pickle warehouse on Old Mount Olive Highway. This year there were 113 riders taking part in the Tour de Pickle Bike Ride. Volunteers from the UMO Honors Program were on hand to assist the riders as they came in for the event.

The North Carolina Pickle Festival Opening Ceremony was held at 9 AM Saturday, followed by music, food, and lots of activities for the children and adults to take part in throughout the day. The clouds grow darker towards noon with quick rain shower right before the lunch.

People started to gather about thirty minutes before noon to watch the pickle eating challenge that took place at 12 noon.  North Carolina Pickle Festival Chairman Julie Beck welcomed the people that took part in the five minute eating challenge. Each contestants was given a plate of 20 dill pickles. This year there were two trophies awarded to the man and woman that ate the most pickles. The male winner was Jacob Kreider.  There was a tie in the female group with both Kodi Smith and Patricia Davis crowned winners.

Despite Saturday’s continued threat of rain and storms, officials were still pleased with the size of this year’s Pickle Fest crowd.


  1. WAJ says:

    You should really think about getting a life. You act as if the photographer walked around purposely avoiding certain groups. Instead of just enjoying pictures of families and friends enjoying a day together, you focus on the negative.

  2. Janet says:

    Wayne County is so diverse. We have whites ,blacks Hispanics Asians and more why isn’t that reflected in these pics? I’m a bit disappointed with the lack of diversity in your coverage of this event. In the future please make it your aim to see that our whole community is represented.

    • Adamrothman says:

      What pictures are you looking at?

    • Quinn says:

      That’s odd because I saw Blacks, Asians and Hispanics in those pictures, who all appeared to be having a great time. To nitpick about pictures taken at an event such as this, (which doesn’t celebrate any one ethnicity or race), makes you sound like another one of those pitiful people who are so quick to jump in claim something to be “racist” (even though you didn’t actually come right out & use that term). I really didn’t expect to see pictures of Whites, Hispanics or Asians in the pictures that were taken at the recent “Miss Jabberwock” pageant, nor did I complain about it. Please learn to look beyond race & ethnicity because in having implied what you did, it clearly points out who might be the racist here and it clearly wasn’t the photographer.


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