Chamber announces schedule for Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The 31st Annual Berryville Ice Cream Social and Craft Fair is shaping up to be the event in Berryville this year, providing enjoyment for the entire family, according to Berryville Chamber of Commerce president James Myatt. "We have pretty much finalized the schedule of events, and we have quite a number of vendors continuing to sign up to participate," Myatt said. "We are encouraging local nonprofits to reserve space."

"The Berryville Public Square will definitely be the place to be on June 10 and 11. The food, the entertainment, the vendors, the children activities, and, of course, the ice cream guarantee that there will be something for everyone," Myatt said.

Although most of the fun will be found around the historic square, several related events will take place elsewhere. The Miss Royal Scoop Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10 at the Berryville Community Center and the Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a youth fishing derby Saturday, June 11 at George Pond Park. The Annual ICS 5K Run will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the northeast corner of the square, and end at the same location on the north side of the square. Kerusso won the corporate challenge last year, and this year's challenge is expected to swell the ranks of the 5-K Race & Fun Run/Walk again.

Myatt said he and the chamber board are really excited about the musicians who will perform, saying there will be music Friday evening and all day Saturday.

"We got rained out Saturday afternoon and didn't get a chance to hear the closing acts last year and we're making up for it this year with Band Rescue Atwood as the headliner from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday. I think the entertainment will continue to be a good addition," he said.

Kicking off the entertainment for the Ice Cream Social & Craft Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday will be Green Forest School District Superintendent Matt Summers' band, Written Down. Saturday's lineup starts at 10 a.m. with John Harwood. Harwood will be followed by Zumba from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon entertainment begins at noon with Mattie Butler as Madison Avenue, followed by a performance by Elite Dance Studio from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The Berryville Orchestra will take the stage at 2 p.m. Shawn Campbell and The Band Rescue (soft rock and country), will close out the entertainment from 3 to 4 p.m.

The chamber is providing bouncing houses and inflatables for the children. The purchase of a wristband each day will allow children to play on the inflatables all that day. Children will be able to enjoy the inflatables both Friday and Saturday this year. A Barrel Train will be on the square to provide rides for young (or small) at heart. Again this year, the Ice Cream Social will feature miniature horses (no riding, but they love to be petted).

Vendors' requests continue to pour in, promising a great mix of opportunities from an antique quilt seller, homemade jewelry and candles to various baked good sales. Food trucks and food vendors will also fill the Public Square. Vendors are being asked to be set up and ready to sell by 9 a.m. Friday morning and asked to remain set up through the end of the social on Saturday evening.

Ice Cream dippers will be ready to serve everyone's favorite ice cream flavors by 11 a.m. Friday, June 10 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. Ice cream will be served until the Social closes. Ice cream dipping honors go to the Junior Chamber, assisted by the Chamber Ambassadors.

"The Ice Cream Social is a way for the Chamber to give something back to the community, for the community, and to highlight this vibrant, historical and friendly city to visitors. It's an excellent opportunity to experience an old-fashioned social and reconnect with friends and neighbors and meet new people," Myatt said. "Be sure and make plans now to attend."

Anyone interested in participating or volunteering, call the Berryville Chamber of Commerce at (870) 423-3704. Forms for Vendor Registration, Miss Royal Scoop Pageant,and the 5K Run can also be obtained at the chamber, located at 506 S. Main St, the intersection of highways 62 and 21. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday or by email at berryvillechamber@windstream.net. Forms can also be found on the Chamber's Facebook page.

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