Residents in Linwood are trying to figure out whether the annual Pickle Festival is going to happen this year.
The event has been around since 1977, raising money for the town park and bringing in dollars for local businesses. But now a website owned by a former Pickle Festival board member is spreading word of the event's demise. So we went to Doug Williams-- the event organizer to find out what's really going on.
Williams told wnem.com the festival will be on August 17th through 19th this year. The event will be scaled down--but there will be a beer tent, softball tournament, bingo, and golf outing. Right now the parade and pageant are in serious jeopardy.
"I'm sad to see some of that stuff go but there's just not enough people to stretch thin enough to cover it all," Pickle Festival organizer Doug Williams said.
The former Pickle Festival board member and owner of the website claiming there would be no festival told wnem.com that he is no longer involved with Pickle Fest and he's not making any changes to his website. In fact, he said if people want to see the website changed they can buy the domain name from him and change it themselves. Meanwhile Williams says he has no plans to buy the domain name. Instead he just wants to spread the word that the Pickle Festival is here to stay.
"It may not be as huge as it once was but we will still always have something," Williams said.
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