Even though Mr. Dill himself was probably not thinking pickles when he founded Dillsburg, the annual Dillsburg Picklefest was practically made for this town. Designed to raise the community profile, this festival certainly satisfies the order. Peter Piper would be proud. Gherkin, sweet, and (obviously) dill – they’re all at Picklefest. And incarnations of all delectable varieties are available for sale, or better yet for eating right at the festival. If the explosion of vinegar and dill taste and the pop and crunch of a pickle is tops for you, then the Picklefest is a must-see event.
Picklefest boasts an impressive spread of pickle flavored treats and events. The festival kicks off with the 5K Pickle Chase, and soon after the food starts up and everything quickly gets under way. At the Maple Shade Barn, visitors are treated to an abundance of homemade food options, including chicken and pork barbeque and lots of pickle treats. Chocolate covered, deep-fried, or mixed in ice cream – if you can think it, it’s probably at Picklefest. Be sure to try the famous pickle soup, a festival favorite. The festival Mascots, Mr. and Mrs. Pickle, are proudly on display for pictures. Later in the day, daring participants can sign up for the pickle eating contest.
Picklefest has a charming arts and craft show which lines both sides of Greenbrier Lane, a street which seems to epitomize small-town Americana. Vendors sell wares like homemade candles, jewelry, and toys, while a brass band plays along the street. Antique and modern fire engines are on display for visitors to explore and photograph. There is a Kids Zone which hosts a bounce house and a plethora of safety demonstrations and activities. One of the more engaging activities is the troupe of re-enactors that inhabit Picklefest. Actors embodying Colonial to 19th Century to early 20th Century are on hand. There are also magic shows, fire-eating, and live bands.
Admission and Parking is free.