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by Karen Phillips

THE FIGHTING PICKLE: FROM ZERO TO HERO

BY KAREN PHILLIPS

The Fighting Pickle came into fruition in Winston-Salem in 1972 when UNC School of the Arts hosted its first homecoming for its intramural football team and needed a mascot. Many versions of him have been rendered throughout the years, but he finally came into his own in 2010 when UNCSA held a contest to fashion an official Pickle. Dina Perez came up with the best design and created the Fighting Pickle’s permanent image. He has just been named the country’s “Cheesiest College Mascot” by Chester Cheetah and he’s not even the leader of an actual athletics program. It just goes to show that the little people can still have an impact on the world. He came in first against Concordia College’s Kernel Kobb, second, and Mary Baldwin College’s the Fighting Squirrel, third. Chester Cheetah said he based his ratings on “cheese factor and all around silliness” and the Fighting Pickle was goofiest of them all.

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