Ice Cream Social: Fun for the entire family at Berryville festival

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce

Summer kicks off early this month when the annual Ice Cream Social takes place in Berryville this weekend, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.

The 34th Annual Ice Cream Social and 5K Race/Corporate Challenge will be held on the historic downtown Berryville Public Square all day Friday and most of Saturday. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

New this year is the first-ever ‘Friday Evening Concert’ starting at 6 p.m. on the Ice Cream Social Entertainment Stage. Performing will be Still On The Hill from Fayetteville and the Ford Mountain Gang from Branson. The evening concert is free and open to the public.

“The annual Ice Cream Social is our Chamber’s way of giving back to our local community and celebrating everything that is great about living in Berryville,” said Steve Johnson, executive director of The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are privileged to showcase that ‘hometown feeling’ that we all get to experience living here in our close-knit community. Every summer we get to throw a party and invite everyone to come enjoy that feeling, too.”

Filling the downtown square this weekend will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors offering up handcrafted items and unique products, representatives from area non-profits sharing what their organizations do across Carroll County, professionals offering free services and food vendors selling delicious sweet treats to make the event festive and delicious for all.

Chamber volunteers will be selling a broad range of ice cream flavors selected by Hometown Scoop that will be certain to tickle the taste buds of every ice cream lover. Moreover, students who belong to the Junior Chamber Board at Berryville High School will be participating at the Chamber Ice Cream Serving Station by offering up delicious ice cream toppings for a small fee.

There will also be a kids water slide and a bouncy house right on the Berryville Square to delight youngsters attending the event. Cost is just $5 per child. Proceeds help fund the Chamber’s annual college scholarship programs.

Official souvenir Ice Cream Social T-Shirts will be on sale all weekend at the Berryville Chamber Tent. This year’s t-shirt logo was designed by Berryville High School student Heather Brummett.

On Saturday morning, the annual 5K Ice Cream Social race and the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk event will be held. Runners of the race will wind their way through the streets of Berryville. There will also be Corporate Challenge teams vying for bragging rights as the fastest team in town.

Net proceeds from the 5K Race and the Corporate Challenge will benefit the cross country team at Berryville High School.

Johnson said more than 30 sponsors helped make this year’s Ice Cream Social one of the biggest ever.

“Because of the generous support of all our Ice Cream Social sponsors and all of our member businesses of our Chamber and local volunteers who support what we do day-in and day-out, we can do more this year to really celebrate what living here in Berryville is all about; family, community, and neighbors helping neighbors,” Johnson said.

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