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New Year's Eve Pickle to drop into 2014

Get here early - the whole thing's over at 7:05

MOUNT OLIVE, NC--Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc. will hold the 15th annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine in Mount Olive, NC.

The New Year's Eve Pickle descends down the flagpole at the stroke of 7 p.m. midnight - that's 7 o'clock EST, which also happens to be midnight Greenwich Mean Time. (That way, we are official, we shout Happy New Year! - and we don't have to stay up until midnight.)

Event Details:


  • See a lighted, three-foot pickle drop down the company's 45-foot flagpole and into a perfectly preserved redwood pickle tank at precisely 7 o'clock.

  • Watch the countdown of 2013's final hour, from 6-7 p.m., on Mt. Olive's marquee.

  • Enjoy live music by The Harmony Boys from 6-6:50 p.m. and Dr. Alan Armstrong on the bagpipes.

  • Enjoy free refreshments, including Mt. Olive pickles!

  • Bring canned food items to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org) and receive a chance to win a door prize.

  • Browse the Mt. Olive Pickle Company gift shop until 7 p.m.

  • Several thousand people gathered at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine for the 2012 event (which is a pretty good turnout for a small town of 4,500.)

  • Gates open at 6 p.m. Get here early! The whole thing's over at 7:05…

  • If you can't make it to the Mt. Olive Pickles Pickle Drop into 2014, make sure you watch our LIVE Webcast here on New Years Eve starting at 6:00 p.m. EST:
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/new-years-eve-pickle-drop

Posted November 27, 2013
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Give a Gift Pack


Posted December 9, 2012
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taylor takes a taste...

Thank you to taylortakeataste.com for an excellent job covering the North Carolina Pickle Festival. Check out the full blog here...



Posted May 10, 2011
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To our friends who have suffered power outages in recent days and weeks:

We know that if your power has been out for several days you may be wondering whether the Mt. Olive pickles, peppers and relishes left in your refrigerator are still good.

The good news is that your Mt. Olive products should be safe to eat, even though they have been left without refrigeration for a number of days. Pickles are an acidified food. While we generally recommend that our products be refrigerated leaving them out for a few days generally does no harm. The exceptions to this are our Roasted Red Peppers and our Marinated Roasted Red Peppers. We suggest that you discard those items.

Fermentation is a natural process, and eating fermented pickles does not pose a health threat (fermented pickles just may not look and taste as appetizing.) A telltale sign of fermentation is a milky, cloudy appearance in the juice. If your pickles have any signs of fermentation, toss them.
Posted May 7, 2011
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The 24th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival

The 24th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival gets underway in downtown Mount Olive Friday and Saturday, April 23-24. Join thousands for the festival’s main day on Saturday, where you can browse antique car and tractor shows, take in live entertainment on three stages, enjoy a wide variety of foods and activities, and eat free Mt. Olive Pickles all day long! For complete festival schedules and information, go to www.ncpicklefest.org

Posted April 16th, 2010
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T-Shirt Offer EXTENDED!

Good news! We've extended our Free Ollie T-Shirt offer until the end of June! Just 4 PicklePAK purchases will get you one! Check out this link for more info - Free Ollie Tee!

Posted April 16th, 2010
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Watch for us on the History Channel!

Mt. Olive Pickle will be included in the premiere of a new History Channel show, Food Tech. It will air next Thursday, January 21 at 9 p.m.

Our Hamburger Dill Chip production will be included in the hour-long "Cheeseburgers and Fries' episode, which kicks off the new series. Filming for this show was done at Mt. Olive in July 2008, and show host Bobby Bognar was here for the shoot. Read about the new show at:
History Channel - Food Tech

Posted January 13, 2010
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New Year's Eve Pickle to drop into 2010

New Year's Eve in Mount Olive is like no other.

Where else can you see a glowing three-foot pickle descend down the company flagpole? Hear the Pickle Polka? And still be in bed long before midnight?

Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc. will hold the 11th annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop Thursday, December 31, 2009 at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine in Mount Olive, NC.

The New Year's Eve Pickle descends down the flagpole at the stroke of 7 p.m. midnight - that's 7 o'clock EST, which also happens to be midnight Greenwich Mean Time. (That way, we are official, we shout Happy New Year! - and we can get to bed at a decent hour. This is, after all, a small town...)

We advise those attending to get here early, because the whole thing's over at 7:05.

Here's what Blogger Jeffrey Cohen had to say about last years event -
Mt Olive, NC Pickle Drop 2009 by Jeffrey L. Cohen

Posted November 10, 2009
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Get Ready For The Pickle Drop!

If you are planning to attend the New Year's Eve Pickle Drop, here are a few details you'll need to know:

The New Year's Eve Pickle Drop will be held Thursday, December 31 at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine at Mt. Olive Pickle Company. The official address is One Cucumber Boulevard, Mount Olive, NC 28365.

See a lighted, three-foot pickle drop down the company's 45-foot flagpole and into a perfectly preserved redwood pickle tank at precisely 7 o'clock.

Watch the countdown of 2009's final hour, from 6-7 p.m., on Mt. Olive's marquee

Enjoy live music by the Harmony Boys, and Dr. Alan Armstrong on the bagpipes

Enjoy free refreshments, including Mt. Olive pickles!

Bring canned food items to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org) and receive a chance to win a door prize.

Browse Mt. Olive's gift shop during extended hours through 7 p.m.

For driving directions, go to MapQuest.

Get here early: the whole thing's over at 7:05.

Posted December 9, 2009
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How many pickles are in that jar?

Every year hundreds of N.C. State Fair goers make their best guess at how many pickles are in the 2.5 gallon jar at the Mt. Olive Pickle booth. The closest guess each day of the 11-day fair is awarded a gift pack of Mt. Olive pickles.

This year's winners include:
Charlotte Wilson of Willow Spring
Ameshia Turlington of Raleigh
Diana Goodwin of Cary
Bill Goins of Durham
Meg Spickard of Raleigh
Amy Carter of Greenville
Brandon Pasley of Willow Spring
Brooke Leithead of Raleigh
Steve Burroughs of Candor
Jessica Rossow of Sanford
Christian Trotter of Wake Forest
Kevin McLamb of Four Oaks.

Mt. Olive has had a presence at the N.C. State Fair since the early 1950s, making us one of the longest running vendors there each year. Visiting the Mt. Olive Pickle booth for a 50-cent pickle, a pickle sticker, and a guess on the jar is simply a tradition for many. So, just how many pickles were in that jar this year? 1,596.

Posted November 3, 2009
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Mt. Olive Launches New Site!

We've udpated our site and have launched our new SpokesPickle - Ollie Q. Cumber! Check it out!

Posted September 18, 2009
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Mt. Olive was featured on two NEW episodes of the Food Network show Unwrapped!

Mt. Olive was featured on two Unwrapped episodes in 2009:

Our Sweet Relish made their debut Monday, May 18 in the Picnic Basket episode.

Our picklePAKS were featured in the Mini-Munchies show, which premiered Monday, April 6. Watch for it in repeated showings on the Food Network.

Unwrapped, hosted by Mark Summers, offers a fun, behind-the-scenes look at how some of America's favorite foods are made, airs weekly on Mondays. It is entering its 9th season. Last season, Mt. Olive's Bread & Butter Chips were featured on the "Chips Addiction" show.

Mt. Olive appeared last season in another Food network show, "How'd that Get on My Plate?" That show follows an ingredient from its source to its inclusion into popular foods. The show on "Jalapenos" of course, featured Mt. Olive's Jalapeno Slices.

Check your local listings for more details, or visit Food Network.
Posted May 3, 2009
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