All things pickles to be celebrated Saturday at annual festival in Winchester

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Sep. 23—The annual Winchester Pickle Festival is celebrating its 24th anniversary Saturday, allowing attendees once again to chew on a variety of sour snacks.

The pickle party, a free admission event, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street, according to the event's website. There will be free parking at the Winchester School at 85 Parker St. and a shuttle bus will be available for the event.

There will also be paid parking at the Veterans for Foreign Wars building at 35 Main St. for $5, the website says.

The event features a parade led by Mr. Pickle, starting at 10 a.m., plus vendors, pickle samples, a bounce house, music and other entertainment.

Pickle enthusiasts may also participate in an eating contest or a canning contest, in which judges evaluate cans of homemade pickles based on the appearance of the pickle, the juice and the jar, per the website.

Hunter Oberst can be reached at 355-8585, or