Mt. Olive Rings In The New Year With The Annual Pickle Drop

By: Michael Baldwin Email
By: Michael Baldwin Email

It is a tradition that started 10 years ago and now thousands are expected to head to Mt. Olive to watch a giant pickle ring in the New Year.

New York might have a giant ball but Mt. Olive has a giant pickle.

Lynn Pearsall Williams who is the community relations representative says, "we are the home of the second best selling brand of pickle in the US. So what else would we drop on New Year's Eve."

So when the clock strikes midnight Greenwich Meridian Time that would be 7pm Mount Olive, the pickle will drop 45 feet down the flag pole.

Jennifer Turner who lives in the area likes the idea. She said, " if you want to do something later you still have the time. Even make it up to Raleigh if you want to see up there. If you don't want to drive that far at least you can say you did something for New Years."

The pickle drop is sponsored by the Mount Olive Pickle Company. They've been doing this since 1999 when they became the Official Pickle and Pepper of the Millennium. Since then it's been a holiday tradition at the corner of Cucumber and Vine.

Williams says people come from all over to watch the pickle drop. She said they have had people from Hawaii and as far away as Germany.

Trip advisor announced America's Top 10 Quirkiest New Year's Eve Events. On that website Mt. Olive ranks number 4.

Here's the link.

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  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Jan 1, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    To Me in Mt.Olive,,I was Blamed for something I did not do ,,so I was man enough to show punks like you that I did not do it and I showed them and made my point. So before you judge me ,,,why don't you get dry from behind your ears.Don't be so proud,Mt.Olive is so small you can throw a rock from one end to the other.Look how long it took to get a WAL-MART...You are so Happy are you Me Me? GOD Bless you and your town.Don"t get lost in that BIG CITY,,,HA HA
  • by Me Location: Mt. Olive on Jan 1, 2009 at 09:26 AM
    Wow Maddog...if you were fired for something you couldn't help then why would you need to get "cleaned up?" Many of us in the area are glad to be here and want people like you who are unhappy to leave...we don't want you to bring us down with your misery. Mt. Olive Pickle is what keeps this town going and I am glad to see the pickle drop each year.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Dec 31, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    I would not walk 5 ft. to see it. I worked at Mt. Olive Pickle for years. Then they let me go 4 something I could not help.After I got it all cleaned up and ask for my job back,,they would not even talk to me. I would have about 40 years in that place now.So keep eating those pickles,,I will eat cates. Oh yes,I was born and raised in MT.Olive.The best thing I did in my life was to move out of MT.Olive.Never want to go Back there.

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