Ice Cream Crank Off Big Success

It was like a “best of” at Chestnut Square this past Saturday.  In addition to the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank Off, the historic tour trolley was running, a carnival had set up in the green space next door and the smell of Local Yocal burgers permeated a crowd that relaxed in the shade or shopped at various vendors. My husband and I went and just enjoyed the crowd for a little while, taking some shots along the way.

Farmer's Market Produce

Farmer's Market Produce

The City soundstage was out providing live entertainment. The girl in the brown skirt is able to do this little “yee haw” type sound during a song that sounds great and I suspect is harder to do that it looks.

Live Entertainment at Killis Melton Crank Off

Live Entertainment at Killis Melton Crank Off

I mainly came for pictures this time.  I looked for Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream but I didn’t see their sign.  I saw their delivery truck around town about a month ago and I’ve been wanting to try their wares without having to trek down to Plano, where they have a storefront.

I love this shot of Local Yocal cooking up their organic burgers.

Local Yocal Cooked Up Organic Burgers

Local Yocal Cooked Up Organic Burgers

There was great shady seating in front of the Dulaney House.

Shade Seating in Front of Dulaney Cottage

Shade Seating in Front of Dulaney CottageShade Seating in Front of Dulaney Cottage

I stopped and caught up with Mr. and Mrs. Slater from Auldooly’s House while my husband went and bought some fresh toffee from the Texas Toffee booth. The Slater’s had hand-made spoons and some very nice rolling pins. While the rolling pins might be more technically interesting, their wooden spoons were more photogenic. They are also the Slater’s answer to mass produced wooden spoons that either broke or lost their shellac while in use.  Their spoons are hand-made from durable wood and do not have shellac to later come off in a meal.

Henry Slater's Spoons

Henry Slater's Spoons

Judging of the entries was underway, I think.

Judging Area?

Judging Area?

And there was what looked like a sampling line.

Sample Line

Sample Line

But our attention was drawn by the Carnival.

Carnival Rides at  Killis Melton

Carnival Rides at Killis Melton

The green space beside Chestnut Square was the perfect spot for a traveling carnival.  A tall slide, a fun house and lots of different rides filled in the space.

Carnival Rides at Killis Melton

Carnival Rides at Killis Melton

Most of the rides were for little kids but I saw several older children on the rock climbing wall.

Carnival Rides at Killis Melton

Carnival Rides at Killis Melton

And there were ponies and horses saddled and ready for a rider of any size.

Pony Rides

Pony Rides

All in all, there was a great focus on this year’s event as a family event.  I loved it last year and am amazed that they found a way to make it even better.

Pictures can only go so far to really express an event like this. You need to see the movement, hear the sounds and, preferably, smells the smells.  As two out of three ain’t bad, a video of the event was just posted today:

I didn’t stay for samples but I should have.  The “chocolate blackberry jalapeno” flavor sounds really promising and my husband would have liked the Franconia beer ice cream.  (Coconut Rum ice cream would be perfect right now).

If anyone knows if any of the vendors also sell some of their unusual flavors, through me a shout out.  I love to try new things.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

2 Responses to “Ice Cream Crank Off Big Success”

  1. Vesta

    The Henry’s ice cream was for sale right there where you have the photo labeled ‘sample line’. All of the sampling was going on under the big tent where Annie was. My daughter spit out the jalapeno ice cream. And I thought the Franconia ice cream was horrendous. The rum and coconut ice cream tasted like sun tan lotion to me, but the teen in front of me loved it. But that’s what the crank off is all about, no?

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    • Beth

      Haha, yes! I loved the Maple.Bacon.Waffle that won last year but my husband didn’t like it. I told him about the Franconia ice cream and he didn’t seem impressed. I wished we had stayed and sampled but I think that we were there too early. There was a line at what I thought was the sampling line and we decided to head over to Gigi’s instead.

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