Rain or shine, Berryville Ice Cream Social begins Friday

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

It could rain this weekend, but that won't stop the 30th Annual Berryville Ice Cream Social from happening.

The event is planned for Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, on the public square.

Pete Snyder, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Tulsa, reported that there is a 20 percent chance of rain Friday night and a 40 percent chance of rain Saturday.

Berryville Chamber of Commerce President Cody Qualls said the chamber has no specific rain plan but noted that most vendors will set up tents in anticipation of the weather.

"It is an outside event, and we pray and we hope for the best weather possible. If it is raining, we would hope that wouldn't discourage anyone from coming out," Qualls said.

The event will feature food, entertainment, vendors, children's activities and ice cream.

Ice cream dippers will serve ice cream beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 12, and 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13. Ice cream will be served until the social closes. Some of the events will take place outside the square, such as the Miss Royal Scoop Pageant. That pageant will be held at the Berryville Community Center at 6 p.m. Friday.

The ICS 5K & Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the northeast corner of the square and will end at the same location on the north side of the square, with the Kiwanis Club sponsoring a youth fishing derby that same day at George Pond Park.

Musical performances will take place Friday evening and all day Saturday. The Written Down, a band featuring Green Forest School District Superintendent Matt Summers, will kick off the festivities from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Headlining band The Monastery Dogs will play from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday on the big stage. The rest of Saturday's music schedule is: bluegrass band Sugar Creek from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Christian contemporary band Narrow Gate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the Berryville Community Orchestra from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the food pavilion; gospel band Final Destination from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and soft rock and country band The Band Rescue from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The chamber will provide bounce houses and inflatables for children; the purchase of a wristband will allow children to play on the inflatables all day. The chamber also will offer helicopter rides, a petting zoo and tram rides.

Vendors will range from an antique quilt seller to various baked good sales, with food trucks and food vendors filling the west side of the square.

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