MOUNT OLIVE – The N.C. Pickle Festival will be held a little earlier than normal in 2019. Two weeks earlier, to be exact.
The date for the 2019 N.C. Pickle Festival will be Friday and Saturday, April 12-13.
Organizers opted to move the festival to avoid a conflict with Seymour Johnson Air Force Base’s 2019 Wings Over Wayne, which is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27.
The date for the 2019 Wings Over Wayne was determined by the Air Force and the availability of the Air Force Thunderbirds. The popular open house and air show, held every two years, drew 230,000 people to the county in 2017.
The decision to change the festival date came in late June after conversations with Wings Over Wayne organizers, officials with Goldsboro Travel & Tourism, and festival vendors, suppliers, participating organizations, and key sponsors, including the Town of Mount Olive, Mt. Olive Pickle and the University of Mount Olive.