Pickle Fes­ti­val set to re­turn on Nov. 20

An­nual event ex­pects 110 ven­dors, thousands of peo­ple

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

Town Board mem­bers have given con­di­tional ap­proval for the 19th an­nual Rosendale In­ter­na­tional Pickle Fes­ti­val on Nov. 20 at the com­mu­nity cen­ter on state Route 32.

The fes­ti­val site plan was re­viewed dur­ing a meet­ing Wed­nes­day, with the re­quire­ment that it re­ceived au­tho­riza­tion from fire of­fi­cials and the town Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion.

Fes­ti­val Chair­man Billy Lig­gan said up to 110 ven­dors are ex­pected to be at the fes­ti­val, which last year at­tracted about 8,000 peo­ple.

“Last year’s Pickle Fes­ti­val did a do­na­tion to the Re­cre­ation Cen­ter of about $17,000 to $18,000 for a new floor,” he said. “So all the money the Pickle Fes­ti­val makes goes back into our com­mu­nity in one way or an­other.”

Or­ga­niz­ers are seek­ing to have the fes­ti­val move to­ward fam­ily farms while still pro­vid­ing a wide va­ri­ety of prod­ucts.

“We have mi­grated away from the large pickle pro­duc­ers to smaller in­de­pen­dent pickle pro­duc­ers from Ver­mont, Delaware, Man­hat­tan, and the Hud­son Val­ley,” Lig­gan said.

“We have the fa­vorites from past fes­ti­vals,” he said. “We ex­pect ven­dors will in­clude Pickle Li­cious and Gary’s Pick­les ... and we will also have in­ter­na­tional foods in a cat­e­gory for gro­ceries. There will also be crafts peo­ple, so you can do some early hol­i­day shop­ping with­out the dan­gers of Black Fri­day.”

The event will in­clude com­pe­ti­tion for pickle pro­duc­ers for best prod­uct as well events for vis­i­tors. In­cluded will be a pickle triathlon that starts with a pickle eat­ing con­test, a pickle juice drink­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and pickle toss­ing con­test that has teams that have a pickle pitcher and an­other per­son who at­tempts catch the pickle with their mouth.

The fes­ti­val is sched­uled to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a $5 ad­mis­sion at the door. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able at (845) 204-8827.

TANIA BARRICKLO-DAILY FREE­MAN

Bill Brooks, left, co-founder of the Rosendale In­ter­na­tional Pickle Fes­ti­val of Rosendale and Nancy Ruiz of Rosendale hold up a 6-foot long pickle pinata which Ruiz made ahead of the 2013 fes­ti­val. The town of Rosendale has given con­di­tional ap­proval for the 19th an­nual event to take place at the com­mu­nity cen­ter on Nov. 20.

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