3rd Annual Berrien Springs Pickle Festival Set For July 4th

Berrien Springs, MI – The Village of Berrien Springs, the Berrien County Historical Association (BCHA), and the Berrien Springs Community Library invite you to join them for the 3rd Annual Pickle Festival on Tuesday, July 4th and its auxiliary events in June.


The three weeks of Pickle Festival activities kicks off the weekend of June 17th with the Pickle Fest Preview Weekend beginning with the crowing of the 2023 Pickle Festival Royalty. The coronation ceremony will be held at The History Center at Courthouse Square on Saturday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m. where a new Miss, Princess, and Prince will be crowned. Pageant registration opens May 1st and will be available on the Berrien County Historical Association’s website berrienhistory.org. For more information about the pageant, including contestant requirements, please email Rhiannon Cizon at rcizon@berrienhistory.org.


On Sunday, June 18, runners, walkers, and joggers will enjoy the beauty of the Andrews University campus as they head to the finish line for the return of the In a Pickle 5K Run and Walk. Early bird registration is now open at runsignup.com. All registrations receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Questions regarding the 5K should be directed to Kelly Ewalt at the Berrien Springs Village Hall. Early bird pricing ends on May 13th and pre-registration ends on June 16th. Day of registration will be available. Registration can be found directly at: www.runsignup.com/Race/MI/BerrienSprings/InaPickle5K.


Leading up to the 3rd Annual Festival will be the wildly popular Pickle Fest Scavenger Hunt June 26 – July 1st. All week, pickle fans are invited to visit participating businesses to search for a series of hidden pickle logos. Participants can pick up their scavenger hunt sheet at the Berrien Springs Village Hall, the History Center at Courthouse Square, and the Berrien Springs Community Library starting June 20th. Completed forms must be returned to any of those three locations by 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 1st. All completed and correct forms will be entered to win a special Pickle Festival prize and will be announced during the Pickle Festival.


The 3rd Annual Pickle Festival will once again be held at the History Center at Courthouse Square and the Berrien Springs Community Library in Berrien Springs on July 4th beginning at 11:00 a.m. This year’s event will see the return of Vendor Alley, the Pickle Fling, the Big Wheel races, old fashioned pickle games, the pickle decorating contest, and the Pickled Piper Tasting Room. New this year will be a sweet relish eating contest and a dunk tank with proceeds going to Backpacks 4 Berrien. The schedule of events and further details will be made available the beginning of June. 


The Pickle Festival committee continues to look for sponsors and vendors for the event. Crafts, food (especially pickles!), and artisan vendors are all welcome to apply. Interested parties should reach out to Kelly Ewalt at the Village of Berrien Springs.


For additional details, including an updated schedule of events visit the Berrien Springs Pickle Festival’s Facebook page (@BerrienSpringsPickleFestival) and the BCHA website (berrienhistory.org).




About the Village of Berrien Springs

Located in the heart of Berrien County, the Village of Berrien Springs can be reached at 269-473-6921 or visit www.villageofberriensprings.com. Specific questions on the Pickle Festival can be directed to Community Coordinator Kelly Ewalt at kelly@villageofberriensprings.com. Visit the Pickle Festival Facebook page for updates on activities.

About the Berrien County Historical Association

The Berrien County Historical Association operates at the History Center at Courthouse Square in Berrien Springs, located at 313 N. Cass Street. It is the mission of the Berrien County Historical Association to collect and preserve artifacts related to Berrien County history through exhibits, publications, research activities, educational opportunities, and community outreach programs. They can be reached at 269-471-1202 or at www.berrienhistory.org.  

About the Berrien Springs Community Library

Serving the residents of the Village and Oronoko Township, the Berrien Springs Community Library offers a multitude of options along with traditional reading material. Hours and information can be found at www.bsclibrary.org or by calling 269-471-7074. The Library is located at 215 W. Union Street in Berrien Springs.