Pop music hits played as the smell of tangy vinegar with sweet and spicy chamoy filled the lobby of the Madla Building, while students lined up to enjoy a juicy pickle prepared to their liking.
Karina Lyssy, business administration sophomore, excitedly chatting with friends was among the students waiting to participate in Pickle Palooza, an on-campus event celebrating National Pickle Day on Nov. 14. The Campus Activities Board hosted the event in the Madla lobby.
“We are pickle enthusiasts,” Lyssy said. “Multiple times a day it’s a recurring snack. You can have one anytime of the day. My favorite way to eat them has to be with jalapeño cheddar Cheetos,” said Lyssy.
Joe Kamuntu, student director of the Campus Activities Board, was helping students wrap their pickles in fruit roll-ups to give their pickles an extra kick. Kamuntu prefers his “plain, right out of the jar.”
Students had the choice of whole or halved pickles. Various toppings including chamoy, Tajin, Hot Cheetos and Fruit Roll-ups.
Brandan Salazar, event coordinator of the Campus Activities Board, cheerfully checked in students. Salazar enjoys pickles many different ways. Salazar’s favorite “cheat treat is a Pickle locos, a big pickle wrapped in a Fruit by the Foot with Tajin.”
Communications senior Hayde Gonzalez Cejas, walked into Madla with a big smile.
“I’m craving them bad,” Cejas said.
A total of 78 students attended Pickle Palooza.