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04/27/14 — Dill-ightful afternoon

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Dill-ightful afternoon

By Josh Ellerbrock
Published in News on April 27, 2014 1:50 AM

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Benjamin Stanton, 18 months, reacts to the animals in the petting zoo area during the North Carolina Pickle Festival in Mount Olive Saturday. Benjamin and his family traveled from Greenville to attend the festival. Thousands of people gathered during the sun-filled afternoon to enjoy everything from children's games and food to the star of the day -- pickles.

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Dean, left, and Moses King share a funnel cake during the festival. Food is one of the main attractions of the day, with funnel cakes, sausage dogs and turkey legs at the top of the menu. The Kings, who live in Mount Olive, have been married 58 years and are regular attendees.

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The North Carolina Pickle Festival drew thousands of people to the streets of downtown Mount Olive on Saturday as a sunny warm day made festival-going a treat. Attendees came from across the state and even from out of state to sample the food, crafts, games, music and car show.

MOUNT OLIVE -- Katie and Carli were on the lookout for a giant smiling pickle Saturday afternoon. They had seen the standard size and had even eaten some, but there was one pickle they hoped to shake hands with....

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