You know it’s summer when you start seeing information about Berryville’s annual Ice Cream Social. This year festivities take place June 8 and 9 on the town square.
Numerous vendors set up tents throughout the downtown selling everything from handmade furniture to hair bows and tutus. You’ll also find hair braiding and license plate art this year. Food vendors sell barbecue turkey legs, tea, fried pies, Philly steak sandwiches, lemonade and more.
And you can look for the Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Booth next to the west gazebo.
At 6 p.m. on Friday night the entertainment includes dancing by Rhythm House and Elite School of dance as well as demonstrations of old dances by the Junior Chamber Board. Then you can join in the fun during a street dance sock hop.
The fun picks up again Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with a 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk that starts and ends in front of Geraldi’s Restaurant. The first 15 males and 15 females to cross the line receive awards. A commemorative medal has been designed for the race as well.
Also that morning, two trams take visitors back and forth from Carrs building to a big car show at Memory Lane Museum just east of Berryville on Ark. 62. The show consists of classic and antique cars. At 2 p.m. the cars will cruise from the museum through the square and out to the Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot near Walmart.
At noon there is a Pet Parade sponsored by Bed, Bath and Bones downtown on the stage. Participants will carry, walk or even pull in a wagon their favorite pets. The Carroll County Orchestra plays at 1 p.m. Free children’s games begin at 2 p.m. and include prizes.
Festivities wrap up around 5 p.m. for preparation of a big ending to the ice cream social this year – the first Berryville Drive-in Movie at the fairgrounds, located north of the town at the junction of Ark. 21 and 221. The show starts about 9 p.m. with a photo show of Berryville in the past, and then the movie Grease will play. After a 15-minute intermission the second feature will be James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Refreshments will include old fashioned drive-in fare such as cherry cokes, malts and popcorn. There will be an area for people who want to bring chairs or blankets instead of watching from their cars. The cost for the drive-in is $5 per car load.
This is the 27th year for the Berryville Ice Cream Social.