Families relish in fun at annual Chase Pickle Fest

CHASE — Family and friends celebrated together at the Chase Library on Saturday at the second annual Pickle Festival.

The Chase Pickle Festival began a year ago as a fundraising idea for the Chase Public Library.

Cathy Kearns, president of the Chase Library Board, said the idea was a creative way to help raise money for the library and honor the area’s history of once being home to a pickle factory.

“The funds help support the library, while giving families a place to have fun and celebrate the pickle heritage. ” Kearns said.

It is a big “dill” for everyone who attended the family fun event on Saturday.

With grilled hot dogs, a bake sale, pickle-eating contest and pickle tasting, this year’s festival offered something for every appetite.

Kearns said the rich history of the area’s pickles still remains in the memory of Chase residents.

“Chase had a pickle station, which was part of our limited industry in the area,” Kearns said.

Residents enjoyed the music, food, games, auctions and more at pickle-themed fun event.

Many children activities required only a $1 donation, which had children running around the event with pickles painted on their faces.

Chase resident 12-year-old Anthony Kadwell was eagerly anticipating the “Pickle Derby” where he was ready to race his pickle creation against the other children.

“My fastest time is 4 seconds,” Kadwell said. “I think that is fast enough to win.”

Kadwell even named his kitten “Pickle” because whenever he would put his kitten down Pickle, would cuddle up next to some cucumbers and fall asleep.

“She loves them pickles so much,” Kadewell said.

Chase resident Robin Cooter said her children were enjoying the many kid’s events.

“We gave up nap time to see ‘Tuba Tales,’” Cooter said. “The kid’s are having a great time with all the fun activities.”

For Cooter, supporting the local library and keeping one in the community is very important.

“The library is a need that every community should keep,” Cooter said. “As a child, the library was part of my life. I want my children to have the same experience. We live here and we do what we can to support the library.”