MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (WNCN) – For the second year in a row, Mount Olive canceled the in-person aspects of its annual Pickle Festival. The organizers cited concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release said Thursday.
Instead, the festival will hold a series of virtual events. There will be an online pickle-eating contest, a recipe contest, and a drive-in movie.
“A year ago in mid-March, when we completely canceled the 2020 festival, we did not ever imagine that we would have a similar conversation for 2021. But, here we are,” festival co-chair Lynn Williams said in the release.
Co-chair Julie Beck added: “We know we will eventually return, hopefully in 2022. But that is just not where we are now.”