For the second year in a row, the streets of downtown Mount Olive will be quiet on the last full weekend of April.
Organizers of the 2021 North Carolina Pickle Festival today announced the cancellation of the event, citing concerns about the COVID19 pandemic.
“We decided it best to not hold a live, in-person event for 2021, given the continued severity of the pandemic and the slower-than-anticipated pace of vaccinations,” said Lynn Williams, who co-chairs the festival along with Julie Beck, president of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The safety of festival goers, vendors, volunteers, and all of those associated with this beloved festival is of paramount importance. 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.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: For more details on the cancellation, see the Jan. 27 edition of the Mount Olive Tribune.