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 (huntersyndromefoundation.org). 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.”