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Ian Diefenback, 9, from Bay City arranges pickles and other items for the Linwood pickle festival on Sunday.

Pickle Festival takes over Linwood Bicentennial Park

August 21, 2011       Leave a Comment
By: Stacie Lech

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The Linwood pickle festival kicked off on Thursday evening with the Pickle Pageant at Kawkawlin Township hall and ran through Sunday afternoon.

Activities were plentiful all weekend and included a golf scramble, beer tent, a softball tournament, fireworks, a parade, live music, Ronald McDonald and a pie eating contest just to name a few.

Free dill pickles and pickled flavored chips were handed out to all visitors. Pickle novelty items were for sale including pickle flavored lip balm, pickle bandages, tooth picks, pins, pencil toppers, T-shirts and pickle soap.

A large variety of food was available for the festival. A new item this year was deep fried pickles. Doris Graber, a festival volunteer from Linwood worked the fryer. "So far they've been a big hit" Graber said.

Larry Chambers, the founder of the Pickle Festival says that all of the money earned goes for things like lawn care, maintenance and improvements to the Linwood Bicentennial Park. Eventually they'd like to put in flush toilets and more property.

Ronald McDonald promotes pickles Sunday afternoon at the Linwood Pickle Festival.

Sunday was family day with emphasis on activities for children including a pie eating contest, tractor pull and sawdust coin hunt.

The water slide helped to keep the kids cool.

Ronald McDonald stopped by at 1:00pm on Sunday to join in the fun and teach some new handshakes.

The pickle festival attracted folks from surrounding areas but had visitors from many different states.

Guess how many pickles are in the jars?

Free dill pickles were available for anyone to sample.

The beer tent had live music all weekend. Pictured here is the Matt Ryan Band. was also broadcasting live all weekend from the festival.

Food included pickle flavored goodies.

An announcer gives instructions for the sawdust coin hunt.

Kids dug through sawdust to find their share of over $150 worth of coins.

Ainesley Sylvester, 4, from Linwood holds a little over $5 she found in the sawdust coin hunt.

Pickle trinkets were also available for sale including pencil toppers, t-shirts, pickle flavored lip balm, soap, bandages, toothpicks and many other novelties.

Doris Graber from Linwood volunteers at the festival every year. This year she's cooking deep fried pickles, a new offering for 2011.

Deep fried pickles.

The bouncy house was one of the popular attractions for kids.

Larry Chambers, founder of the pickle fest. oversees a treasure chest game. Players choose a key and if it opens the chest they win a prize.

Alexis Smerdon, 8, from Linwood chose a key that opened the chest.

Smerdon won a kite from the treasure chest game.

Larry Chambers (bottom left) poses with his grandson Boyd Chambers, 7 (bottom right), great nephew Jakob Hauk, 13 (top left) and grandson Ian Diefenbach, 9 (top right). The first pickle festival in 1977 was Chambers' idea.

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