Friendly Competition at the North Carolina Pickle Festival

Pickle Festival

Among the tens of thousands of visitors to Mount Olive on Saturday, April 29th for the N.C. Pickle Festival, there is some room for friendly competition.

Some talented festivalgoers might be enjoying their tasty pickles with a side of sweet victory after participating in the competitive events being offered this year at the festival.

Tour De Pickle

Presented by Wayne UNC Health Care, the Tour de Pickle is a bicycle ride with three routes allowing cyclists to venture through beautiful Wayne, Duplin, and Sampson counties. Riders can preregister online here or at 8 a.m. on race day, which is set for Saturday, April 29th.  (Register by April 1 to guarantee an official Tour de Pickle shirt on ride day.) For complete details on registration, safety requirements, and general info about the Tour de Pickle, visit

Student Art Contest

For over 20 years, the Student Art Competition has showcased the artwork of students from preschool age through high school. Festival attendees look forward to celebrating these talented students and admiring their artwork. The competition is broken up into four categories: K-2, 3-5, Middle School, and High School. Students have the opportunity to embrace their creativity and come up with unique pickle-themed art to enter the competition. Are you proud of your artistic ability? Click here to learn how you can enter the 2017 Student Art Contest.

Mascot Race

It’s going to be another epic Battle of the Mascots at this year’s Mascot Race, which is sponsored by Bob 93.3. Mascots from near and far will be representing their business or organization in a cutthroat foot race through downtown Mount Olive.  The fastest mascot will be deemed the winner and his or her name will be engraved on the prestigious N.C. Pickle Festival Mascot Trophy. Think you have what it takes to reign supreme above all mascots? Click here to see how you can enter the race!

Predict the Pickle Pass Through

This competition requires no physical activity of any kind. Simply answer the question, in advance: what time will the train come through downtown Mount Olive on Saturday, April 29th? The closest guess to the actual time without going over wins prizes from the N.C. Pickle Festival and CSX. Click here for the details.

Chili Cookoff

Last but not least, the Homestyle Chili Cookoff has returned for its second year on the schedule of events for the N.C. Pickle Festival. First South Bank and Goldsboro News-Argus present this event for cooks and chefs of all varieties to show off their best chili recipe. If you think your chili has what it takes, the application deadline is April 3rd. For complete details, visit

Whether your masterpiece is artwork or dill-icious chili, there is a contest for everyone to showcase his or her talents.  For complete festival details, visit