Welcome to the official site
2016 Linwood Pickle Festival
LINWOOD PICKLE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2016
Friday, August 19
1:00pm Golf Scramble at Green Hills Golf Course
5:00pm–2:00am Entertainment Tent /Beer Tent
8:00pm Music by the Hipakritz
5:00pm-11:00pm Midway Fun (Clarks Attractions)
6:15pm Men and Women Softball Tournament Begins
Saturday, August 20
8:00am Men and Women Softball Tournament continues
9:00am Pickle 5K Run/Walk
10:00am Linwood Grand Parade
10:00am-6:00pm Arts/Crafts Show
11:00am-11:00pm Midway Fun (Clarks Attractions)
12N -8:00pm Bingo
12N-5pm Car Show@ Garber of Linwood
1:00pm Horseshoe Tournament
12N-3:00pm Bike Show sponsored by BUBBA’S at the Linwood Hotel
12N.-2:00am Entertainment Tent/ Beer Tent
8:00pm Music by 25 Cent Beer Band
Sunday, August 21
8:00am Men and Women Softball continues
10:00am-5:00pm Arts/Crafts Show
12N-6:00 pm Bingo
12N-6:00pm Midway Fun (Clarks Attractions)
12:30pm Sawdust Coin Hunt Donated by Phyllis in loving memory of Bud Hahn.
12:30pm Cornhole Tournament
Stop on by and get pickled!!
The first annual Pickle Festival was held at 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. Many cucumbers are grown in the area and the Janicke family were one of the largest briners of pickles in the Linwood area. Larry Chambers who was president of the Linwood Civic Improvement at the time contacted Pickle Packers International and they donated may pickle items for the festival.
The program for the first festival was one page and had four advertisements. The festival had fourteen blooper ball teams, a tennis tournament, anything goes contest, two parades, kiddie rides and games, and pony rides. Aunt Janes Pickle Company donated thirty five cases of jar pickles for giveaways.
In 1979 a third day was added to the Pickle Festival along with music in the beer tent by Disco John Maxwell and the first band to play was called the Side Walkers.
In 1984 Mr. Richard LaFlamme registered the name "National" to the festival and it is now called the Linwood National Pickle Festival.
Over the years events for the festival have come and gone with some of the current ones being: The Queens Pageant on Thursday night, and the car show and bike show on Saturday.
Donations of cases and other items have been graciously given by many companies over the years: Heinz Pickles, Secklers Pickles, Valasic Pickles, Freestone Pickles, Mt. Olive, Bay Valley Foods, Bay View Mr. Chips, and Pickle Packers International are but a few of them.
All monies raised from the festival are used for maintenance, mowing, and improvements of Linwood Bicentennial Park a tax exempt organization.
Thank you to Mr. Chambers for providing the information for this section.
Pickle Festival Board Members
President - Doug Williams
Vice President - Dennis Jean
Treasurer - Lora Nadolney
Secretary - Denise Jean
Trustee - Cari Balenda
Trustee - Carol Ploechl