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Linwood Pickle Festival

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The first annual Pickle Festival was held at the Linwood Bicentennial Park in July of 1977 at the suggestion of Larry Chambers and supported by Terry Hoyle as a way to raise money for the park. 

Cucumbers grown in the area and the Janicke Family were and remain one of the largest briners of pickles in the Linwood area!  President Larry Chambers of the Linwood Civic Improvement at the time contacted Pickle Packers International whom became the first to donate pickle items for the festival.

The schedule for the first festival was one page with four advertisements.  The festival offered fourteen blooper ball teams, a tennis tournament, an anything goes contest, parade, kiddie rides, games, and ponies.  Donations of  thirty five cases of pickles in jars came from Aunt Jane's Pickle Company.

In 1979 a third day was added to the Pickle Festival.  This festival offered music in the beer tent by Disco John Maxwell and the first band the Side Walkers played for a night of entertainment.

In 1984 Mr. Richard LaFlamme registered the name "National" to the festival and it is now referred to as the Linwood National Pickle Festival.

Over the years events for the festival have come and gone with some of the most recent being: Queens Pageant, Ball Tournaments, Corn Hole tournaments and Bingo.

Hundreds of pickles have been donated in addition to many other items  by local companies as well as the community over the years: Heinz Pickles, Secklers Pickles, Valasic Pickles, Freestone Pickles, Mt. Olive, Bay Valley Foods, Bay View Mr. Chips, and Pickle Packers International to name just a few.

All monies raised from the festival  are used for maintenance, mowing, and improvements to the Linwood Bicentennial Park (a tax exempt organization).

Thank you to Mr. Chambers for  your vision and providing the history of the National Linwood Pickle Festival founded in 1977!

 

Pickle Festival Board Members

President - Lora Nadolney

Vice President - Hans Kloha

​Treasury- Jodi Marchbanks

Secretary - Jodi Marchbanks

Trustee-  Melissa Shark

Trustee - Doug Williams

Trustee - Larry Apsey

Trustee - Kelley Kloha