Ice Cream Sunday is July 17

Jun 29, 2016

Americaís favorite summer treat -- ice cream -- is the star of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museumís most popular event of the summer. More than 1,300 people attended the event last year.

The 13th-annual Ice Cream Sunday is set for 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, which happens to be National Ice Cream Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 17. No passes for this event.

The eventís first 600 paying visitors will receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Calicheís Frozen Custard, which will be served at the Museum throughout the afternoon.

The popular annual ice cream sandwich eating contest and race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 12 p.m. Only those who sign up will be allowed to compete and there will be a limited number of participants. The age categories for the contest are: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, and 18-and-over. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

Families and individuals may make their own ice cream by rolling tin cans or using plastic bags. Living history characters will host a fun room that features old-fashioned games such as marbles, jacks and croquet. There will also be indoor golf putting.

An ice cream maker powered by an old engine will be doing demonstrations and providing treats, and the Museum also will have a plant sale as part of the day.

There will be more shade provided this year at this fast-growing event, but everyone is encouraged to bring hats and/or umbrellas.

Aside from Calicheís Frozen Custard, major sponsors include the Southwest Dairy Farmers, GH Dairy and the Friends of the Museum. Other sponsors include Peter Piper Pizza, Wet N' Wild, Walmart, Red Hawk Golf Course, Chuck E. Cheese, Kohlís, Allen Theatres and Village Inn.

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For information contact Craig Massey at craig.massey@state.nm.us.