Berryville ice cream social, 5K, 1-mile walk/run is June 8-9

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BERRYVILLE -- Berryville's 27th Annual Ice Cream Social is set for Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, on the downtown square.

The theme for this year's social is "Dives, Diners and Drive-ins" and begins with a sock hop at 6 p.m. on Friday with performances by Elite Dance Studios and Rhythm House.

More than 50 vendors are in place to participate, said Berryville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ginger Oaks.

Saturday's activities are set to begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K Race and One Mile Walk/Run. The course begins Geraldi's Italian Restaurant and ends on the square by Wilson's TV and Appliance.

Memory Lane Museum, east of Berryville, will host an antique car show Saturday morning, ending with a cruise through the square at 2 p.m, Oaks said.

The Carroll County Community Orchestra is scheduled to perform on the square at 1 p.m., and free kids' games, including balloon toss and turtle races begin at 2 p.m.

In conjunction with Berryville Community Center's 10th anniversary, free tram rides will be offered from the square to the community center.

At dark, the Ice Cream Social concludes with a drive-in movie at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 a car. "Grease" and "Rebel Without A Cause" are the movies that are going to be played, Oaks said, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce will have a refreshment booth with popcorn, burgers, hot dogs and drinks.

The 5K and One mile events are both part of the Ice Cream Social event hosted by the Berryville Chamber of Commerce. Entry fees are $20 per entrant before June 4 and $25 after June 4. Students 18 and younger are $15. The registration fee includes an official race tee shirt and a medal for the first 105 people to cross the finish line, according to a press release.

Race Director Kristy Estrem, president of Mercy Hospital Berryville, announced that this year's race will offer added awards.

"The awards this year are a commemorative, dated neck medal with the Ice Cream Social imprint on the medal. They look like a Marathon finishers medal and will be a collector's item for sure, as each year, the design will change just as the tee shirt designs change," Estrem said.

The Chamber of Commerce, helps promote local businesses and provides information to locals, as well as anyone calling about housing, school or businesses in the area.

"When we do things that are fundraisers and people support us, it goes right back into the community," said Oaks. "We are working a little more on economic development in the area, trying to receive a grant to give the square a face-lift, as well as set up packages for employers moving into the area."

For more information, contact Kristy Estrem at Mercy Hospital Berryville at 870-423-5230 or 870-654-6565 or Ginger Oaks at Berryville Chamber of Commerce 870-423-3704.

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