Gearing up for sixth annual Chase Pickle Festival
CHASE — The pickle is iconic in Chase — and the community is inviting everyone to join the fun during the sixth annual Chase Pickle Festival. The event celebrates the town’s pickle-production past and supports the Chase Township Public Library.
The event is hosted by Chase Main Street Foundation, a non-profit organization, and this year’s theme is “Rockin’ the Library.”
“We are super excited this year’s theme is wrapped around music,” said Heather Streicher, event organizer. “The grand marshal for our parade is our librarian, Roxanne Ware.”
The four-day festival begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Chase Creek Smokehouse, with the pickle pageant — the 2018 Pickle Prince and Princess will be crowned.
“There are eight kids signed up so far to be in the pickle pageant. Kids are encouraged to dress like their favorite rock star. The judges will be Donna Fuller, our library board president, Sheriff Rich Martin and Christina Fuller with the Lake-Osceola State Bank,” Streicher said.
The fun continues at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, with a cornhole tournament at the Chase Creek Smokehouse. Sign up sheets are on the Chase Pickle Festival Facebook page. The winning teams will receive cash prizes. There are two people per team and cost is $20 per team to register.
Saturday will be a full day of festival fun, beginning with a flea market, a new festival feature, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chase Township Hall parking lot.
The Chase Pickle Festival Parade will begin at 11 a.m. with the route coursing down Main Street back to the library grounds. The parade will be followed by Touch a Truck from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with close-up opportunities for youth to see vehicles from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, local fire departments, Lake County Road Commission, excavating trucks and more.
Other fun features will include inflatables, a reptile house, a rock climbing wall, wow balls (large inflatable balls kids can ride in which float on water) and concessions from CK Concessions. Kids activities, which begin at noon, include crafts, a sawdust scramble, a coloring contest and face painting. Kids games begin at 2 p.m and pickle derby races are set for 3 p.m.
A lightning basketball tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. and a dodge ball tournament is set for 4:30 p.m.
The homemade pickle-tasting contest registry will be at noon and the tasting contest will be at 1:30 p.m. This year, a new category will be added to the judging — the People’s Choice — where anyone at the festival can choose their favorite pickle.
“The entries just don’t have to be cucumbers, they can also be other miscellaneous pickled items such as asparagus, beets or anything pickled,” said Jake DePew, a festival organizer.
Also during the event, the historical room of the library will showcase a “then and now” slideshow, featuring community photos past and present.
Beaver Xing will provide live music, and a silent auction will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Silent auction items include an American Girl doll, homemade woodwork, gift certificates and a chance for a meet and greet with Elvis impersonator Jake Slater, who will be performing at Chase Creek Smoke House at 7 p.m.
There also will be a classic car show at the Chase Creek Smokehouse beginning at noon and a barbecue chicken dinner from 1 to 4 p.m.
At 9 p.m., the raffle drawing will be announced at Chase Creek Smoke House. Raffle items include a grand prize of an ice fishing package with a value of $800, a $500 prize cash and a kayak package. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Pickle Festival bracelets are $7 for an entry in a slingshot game, inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, kids games, wow balls and reptile house.
The festival will conclude with a new event on Sunday — a Chase All School Reunion. Doors open at noon and a catered meal with baked chicken, ham and all the fixings is at 1 p.m. at the Chase Township Hall. Everything will be provided.
“This will be a great weekend. We are super excited. Last year we were successful with our goals and every year we are able to have this event thanks to the generosity of sponsors and the wonderful community we call home,” DePew said.