The climate has Mount Olive Pickle Firm in a pickle. The corporate will not have its annual New 12 months’s Eve Pickle Drop this yr.
MOUNT OLIVE, NC — Mount Olive Pickle Firm Inc. introduced Friday for the primary time in 22 years, its annual New 12 months’s Eve Pickle Drop will not ring within the New 12 months.
The corporate mentioned it needed to cancel the beloved annual occasion due to climate considerations on Saturday.
“We’ve intently monitored Saturday’s forecast for a number of days, and it has remained constant, calling for rain for many of the day. And whereas the moist forecast would pose points for setup, the decision for thunderstorms within the afternoon and early night poses a problem for security,” mentioned Lynn Williams, firm spokesperson. “We made the choice this morning to cancel the Pickle Drop. We’re heart-broken that we are going to not ring within the New 12 months in our normal dilly vogue.”
The Pickle Drop usually occurs exterior and makes its descent from the Mount Olive Fireplace Division 23 into a large pickle jar, actually dropping a pickle.
“The Pickle Drop is an outside occasion, and we’re vulnerable to climate challenges,” Ms. Williams mentioned. “That is the primary time in our 22 years we have been canceled due to the climate. We opted to err on the facet of warning for this yr.”
The beloved custom attracts a number of thousand yearly. It began with just some Mount Olive workers in 1999.
Whereas the occasion won’t be held dwell, a compilation of earlier New 12 months’s Eve Pickle Drop occasions will air on the corporate’s web site from 6-7 pm on December 31.
Mount Olive Pickle Firm was based in 1926 in its hometown of Mount Olive, NC. The corporate makes pickles, peppers, and relishes.