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Giant Pickle Ready for Mt. Olive New Year's Celebration

Posted December 30, 2007

— Mt. Olive Pickle Company is making final preparations for the 9th annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop.

New this year is a canned food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Folks bringing at least two items receive a chance to win door prizes.

“We are excited about partnering with the Food Bank for the Pickle Drop,” said spokesperson Lynn Williams, Mt. Olive Pickle Company. “We encourage folks to bring canned food items when they join us Monday. We can celebrate the New Year and share with others at the same time.”

Mt. Olive’s glowing, 3-foot pickle makes its 45-foot plunge down the company’s flagpole and into a redwood pickle tank at the stroke of 7 p.m. For those wondering, 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,” Williams said.

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  • soulmateblue Jan 1, 9:40 a.m.

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL THIS IS TOO MUCH! NO WONDER PEOPLE UP NORTH MAKE FUN OF US WHEN WE ARE DOING STUPID STUFF LIKE THIS......................A GIANT PICKLE..........COME ON BOYS.....WE HAD BETTER LEAVE IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE, OR COME UP WITH SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE RESPECTABLE.

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 1, 6:43 a.m.

    Does this mean that Durham should drop a giant gun at midnight? Although, it would seem too much like a regular night of gunshots once the noise from the fireworks started.

    Too Funny!!!

  • lynddsy Jan 1, 4:38 a.m.

    i guess if you make enough money you can drop anything you want.

  • Love my boys Dec 31, 9:50 p.m.

    Make your jokes - Mount Olive is one of the most wonderful business-rich environments. As someone mentioned earlier, Mount Olive College, Mount Olive Pickle, Andy's Cheesesteaks & Cheeseburgers (GREAT food), IMpulseNC (they make trolley cars) and for now, corporate headquarters to Butterball, LLC which is the largest turkey processing plant in the world all call Mount Olive home. By the way, it's not in the town limits, it's about 15 minutes outside of town. Plus, they have the NC Pickle Festival every year (end of April/first of May please attend!) as well as one of the best Christmas parades I've ever been to.

    Andy's Cheesesteaks is the ultimate American dream. The owner, Kenny Moore, started out in the Berkeley Mall in Goldsboro with only $10,000 and a dream. Now, look at him. He's started his own foundation to help sick children. He donates, quite largely I might add, to the Make A Wish Foundation. Obviously, somebody enjoys the food. I know I do!

  • enigma1469 Dec 31, 8:51 p.m.

    I saw one bigger than that in the adult toy store.

  • svaraj38758 Dec 31, 7:38 p.m.

    Actually, the irony of the Peter Piper comment is that its actually a brand name of pickles and a competitor of Mount Olive Pickles on store shelves. For many years, Cates Pickles of Faison was a competitor just down the road from Mount Olive. Those in eastern NC probably 30 and up might remember seeing their pink (yes, pink) tractor-trailer trucks on the highway. Mount Olive's trucks were green and Cates' trucks were pink. Dean Foods bought out Cates some years ago and the Peter Piper brand is a Dean Food's pickle. So long story short, no I don't think Peter Piper was invited.

  • nisa-pizza Dec 31, 3:35 p.m.

    Does this mean that Durham should drop a giant gun at midnight?
    Although, it would seem too much like a regular night of gunshots once the noise from the fireworks started.

  • lovecarolinagutters Dec 31, 3:17 p.m.

    GATechfan.....now that's funny.

  • trunkmonkee1971 Dec 31, 2:56 p.m.

    Ah yes, the 'possum drop.....
    It will not be the new year without the 'possum drop.

  • bushretard Dec 31, 2:16 p.m.

    My giant pickle is ready year 'round.

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