Texas’ first-ever pickle festival will be held in Kingwood at Town Center Park Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kingwood Farmer’s Market vendor and chef at Jelly Girl, Gourmet Jams and Jelly, Krystal Wertman, is the founder behind the “In a Pickle Festival.” She explained she is passionate to make this an annual event with the funds going to the Hunter Syndrome Foundation. The event will include local crafters and vendors having a pickle-related item. It will be a fun, all-day family event.
Wertman shared the heartwarming story about how she came to support The Hunter Syndrome Foundation. She said she and her daughter, Alya, are members of Humble TX Rock Hunt on Facebook and in 2017, Ayla wanted to paint a rock for a child in the area who was sick or in the hospital.
“We heard from Ashly Wieblt that her son, Conner, had Hunter Syndrome,” said Wertman. “We painted four super hero rocks and hid them in his yard. He was delighted. So, when I decided to create this event I wanted a nonprofit to benefit, and I immediately remembered Connor.”
Wertman invites everyone to come and enjoy this free event. There will be unique vendors; food; entertainment; face painting; a jump house; mechanical bull riding; pickling and pickle-eating contests; a pickle juice-drinking contest; live music; a pickling demonstration by Texas Q BBQ; and several vendors and food trucks. Wertman asked that those who want to help sponsor or donate to the event or the silent auction contact her on the Facebook page: facebook.com/events/323369018373522.
“I am humbled by the support I have received for this event,” said Wertman. “So many area companies have stepped up to help and I want to thank our major sponsors: Minuteman Press, Natural Pawz, Houston Barricade and Supply, Dynamite Well Resources, Big State Oil Field Services, Best Maid Pickles, Sal’s Auto, Ingenius Brewing Company, Tostada Gegia and the band Grey Vinyl. And of course our judges: Karen K. Boughton, food editor at the Tribune Newspapers; Selina Shadd, creator of the first-ever Chocolate Festival of Texas; and Karie Rogers, avid pickle lover, food consultant and membership director at Black Hawk Country Club.
Hunter Syndrome (or Mucopolysaccharidosis/MPS II) is a rare condition affecting between 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 150,000 male births. Physical effects from Hunter Syndrome begin at birth and include damage to organs, joints and breathing difficulties. Since 2013, the Hunter Syndrome Foundation, a 501(c)(3), has worked closely with several other parent-led groups in supporting gene therapy: huntersyndromefoundation.org.