For the ninth year, people will get to see a giant pickle descend from the sky in celebration of the new year.
There's a charity twist to this year's pickle drop. People are encouraged to bring food to donate to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Mt. Olive Pickle Company officials say people who bring at least two canned food items get entered to win door prizes from the Mt. Olive Pickle gift shop. The grand prize is a pool pickle similar to the one that is dropped for New Year’s Eve.
The three-foot pickle that drops on New Year's Eve down the Mt. Olive Company flagpole goes into a pickle tank at what the company calls "7 p.m. midnight." 7 o’clock Eastern Standard Time is actually midnight Greenwich Mean Time.
“We are official, we can shout ‘Happy New Year’, sing Auld Lang Syne, and still be home in bed long before midnight,” Lynn Williams of the Mt. Olive Pickle Company said.