BV Chamber begins planning 2018 Ice Cream Social

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce has the scoop on the 33rd annual Ice Cream Social.

The Chamber invited the public to its first planning and organizational meeting on Tuesday at the Cornerstone Bank Community Room. Ice Cream Social chairman Kenny Wingate said the chamber wanted community involvement to make the festival as much fun as possible.

The committee began by reviewing Ice Cream Social logo designs submitted by Berryville High School students to use on T-shirts and posters for the event. After reviewing the submissions, the committee narrowed the pool to the logo designs made by Nicholas Harp, Taylor Ball and Taylor Swofford.

The committee asked art teacher Boone Hooker if the three students could make a few adjustments and resubmit the designs in different color schemes. He said that would be possible.

Chris Claybaker, economic development director for the city of Berryville, said the art students did a great job with the project.

“We loved every entry,” said Shannon Banschbach, community development director for the chamber. “It was a hard decision.”

Roger Muterspaugh, owner of the Carr Dry Goods building on the Berryville Square, suggested the committee work to make the festival more pedestrian-friendly.

“If we’re trying to expand the program, the sooner we let people know it’s going to be a pedestrian environment the better,” he said. “We want people walking around, talking and having a good time.”

He suggested having pick-up locations at the parking lots adjacent to the square to cut down on traffic.

“We had trams last year, but most people didn’t use them,” Claybaker said. “We had signs directing people to the parking lots. That drove a lot of traffic off the square. Parking was better this time.”

Overall, he said, last year’s Ice Cream Social received fewer complaints from attendees and local businesses.

Chamber president Landry Weston noted that there wasn’t as a big of a problem with the ice cream melting during the festival last year and asked what the plan was for freezers this year.

Banschbach said the Chamber has one available but had borrowed a second freezer last year.

“We still need to find one,” she said.

Banschbach asked Weston if the Junior Chamber of Commerce could help run the bouncy houses set up for children. He said they could.

Claybaker asked if the Chamber wanted to hold a third day of the festival on Thursday again.

“Thursday was kind of a bust last year,” he said. “The turnout was low.”

Wingate said he thought the Chamber should eliminate the Thursday dinner.

“We should focus on the core event,” he said. “Unless we get behind the Thursday event, it will be a big flop. We would need someone to take charge of it.”

The committee also discussed the Miss Royal Scoop Pageant, deciding it would be best to hold it the weekend before the Ice Cream Social.

“That way, it doesn’t compete with the festival,” Wingate said, “and the queens are available for events the next weekend.”

The 33rd annual Ice Cream Social and Craft Fair is set for Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9.

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