Picklefest 2020
May 15-16

Downtown Atkins, AR


Like the rest of the world, PBA has recently been faced with some difficult decisions regarding how to move forward in the current climate. Obviously, the safety of our wonderful community is always our top priority. With that being said, after much discussion, it is with a heavy heart that we announce all functions for the remainder of the year are suspended with the exception of the Nina Tackett Scholarship, which we will award to a 2020 Atkins Senior. Unfortunately, this means that PICKLEFEST 2020 IS CANCELLED. (Please note: If you have already submitted your vendor form & payment, you WILL be receiving a refund via mail.) We know that everyone will miss the fun & good times the festival brings, but more than any of that, we will miss the opportunity it brings. Picklefest affords our organization the ability to provide approximately 150-175 families in the community with Food Baskets during the holiday season. While it is our hope to still be able to provide the annual Food Baskets in 2020 as we have for years, currently we are unsure that is a possibility without the festival. Please know that we plan to do all we can & are set to reconvene in September to see what will be feasible with the help of the community. We will continue to monitor the situation & post any updates as they become available. Our presence online will remain & we can still be reached via Email ( ) or Facebook. We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding & support during this difficult situation. Stay safe & wash your hands!!



Festival Origins

It all started in 1945, when the Goldsmith Pickle Company invested $75,000 to build a pickle plant in town; townspeople raised an additional $15,000 to build and equip the plant. The plant later became the Atkins Pickle Company and sustained the local economy for more than half a century. To highlight and honor the significance of the Pickle, PBA started a festival and since 1992, we have been celebrating how pickles have influenced our community! From the Mr. Dill Pickle & Miss Sweet Pickle pageants to the ALWAYS popular Pickle Juice Drinking and Pickle Eating contests, there is no shortage of fun and excitement at Picklefest! Food and Craft vendors top off the festivities and there's even a Rodeo! We hope to see you at Picklefest!  Mark your calendars now, Picklefest is always held the third weekend in May!