New festival banners dress up downtown district

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The 33rd annual North Carolina Pickle Festival is set for the second weekend in April, and the Town of Mount Olive has already begun dressing up the downtown district.

Nearly three dozen colorful new festival banners have been erected on both sides of Center Street between College and Pollock streets, a four-block stretch.

They replace old banners that have been used year after year for more than a decade.

It is also part of Mayor Joe Scott’s ongoing downtown beautification efforts.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the new, two-foot by six-foot banners were paid for by the town’s share of tourism and travel monies generated from the countywide motel occupancy tax.

“I have been here for 13 years and we have been using the same ones for all that many years, and probably even before that. I think it was time to change them,” said the town manager.

They sport a bright yellow background and feature Ollie Cucumber, the festival mascot.

This year’s festival is set for April 12-13 and was moved from the last weekend in April due to a conflict with the Wings over Wayne aerial show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

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