SPARKS -- As a nod to its past, Sparks is having its second annual Pickle Day on May 25. The festivities are free to the public.

When the festival began last year, event organizers Sherry Roberts and Tom Skinner were interested in drawing attention to Sparks.

"All the other cities have special days," Roberts said. "We just wanted to generate some interest in Sparks."

A pickle festival came to mind, because in 1945, Sparks had a pickle factory, Roberts said. The factory has since gone out of business.

The event, to be held on the city square, will feature a homemade pickle contest, pickle-eating contest, arts and crafts, a soap box derby and more. A parade is at 2 p.m.

A ceremony honoring the late Red Lindsey, a Cook County native, also will be held. Lindsey played at last year's festival and was honored recently with induction into the Atlanta Music Hall of Fame. He died earlier this year.

Entry forms for the homemade pickles can be picked up at Sherry's Restaurant in Sparks. Food vendors are needed.

For information, please call Sherry Roberts at 549-8133 or Tom Skinner at 549-8692.

To contact reporter Marie Arrington, please call 244-3400, ext. 254.

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