Pastor puckers up for ‘Pickles’

First Presbyterian Church Pastor Dave Strickler was the “winner” of a contest among local celebrities to kiss Pickles the pig on Saturday, in conjunction with the church’s annual fundraising effort. He received a wide variety of advice and ribbing from radio personality Phil Williams (back), Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey, and Pickles the Pig’s “mom,” Laura Rogers, during the event. Proceeds from the contest – which also included Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts, totaled more then $540 and went to support Safe Space. Chairperson Catherine Bard thought up the unique fundraising idea, with votes cast for which celebrity was to kiss the pig. The contest was one of many events in town held in association with Saturday’s downtown Festival at Mossy Creek Station. – STEVEN LLOYD | THE STANDARD BANNER

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