Winner of the canned pickle contest, William Alfred Pantel, with his Mr. Bill’s Dills.
Presley Rogers, 8, competing in the pickle-eating contest. Photo by Karen Boughton


Kingwood’s first-ever pickle festival was held Saturday, Sept. 7 at Kingwood Town Center Park. Several thousand pickle enthusiasts came out to enjoy the festivities, including a pickle-eating contest, pickle juice-drinking contest, canned-pickle contest, silent auction, live music, food trucks, venders and more. This event also supported The Hunter’s Syndrome Foundation ( With all the rave reviews, festival founder Krystal Wertman says plans are already in the works for next year’s event!

The winner of the canned-pickle contest was William Alfred Pantel. Because he was home sick, his daughter–in–law, Angel, entered his pickles for him. He started pickling at 12 years old. He had nine brothers and sisters and had to help raise and provide for them. He is now 76 years old and this was his first entry into any event. Congratulations to “Bill” and “Mr. Bill’s Dills.”

Karen Boughton
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I grew up in a big, Greek, cooking family. I married my high school sweetheart and soon had three daughters. My husband and I worked in the family’s Greek restaurant, “Zorba’s,” for several years before moving to Baton Rouge and eventually Corpus Christi. There I taught microwave cooking classes for studio and on television for three years before moving to Kingwood in the late '80s. I reached out to learn more about regional and international foods, spending 16 years in management in private athletic/dining/country clubs for ClubCorp, where I embraced health and cooking. In 2008 I joined the Tribune Newspapers as food editor, the same time that I became a nutrition advisor and USANA Health Sciences Associate. These two passions have given me better health and the freedom to live life my way.

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