25th Ice Cream Social This Weekend in Berryville

Jill M. Rohrbach
I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream! So let’s head over to Berryville this weekend on June 11 and 12 for the 25th annual Ice Cream Social.

I took my kids last year for a day of eating that sweet summer favorite treat, playing in inflatables and exploring booth after booth selling cool stuff. My two boys came home with bows and arrows, the latter having foam tips.

Ginger Oaks, the event organizer, tells me this year will be even bigger and better with new events and a ton more booths. She’s added a barbecue cook-off called Smokin’ the Square. There is also a Homemade Ice Cream Contest, with entries served to the public at the end. There’s a $250 prize plus aprons for those that enter.

The social includes entertainment both nights – an all church sing on Friday and a talent show on Saturday. You’ll also find pony rides, climbing wall, free games, orchestra, dance studios and free tram rides. There will be vendors selling their wares, and drawings for prizes at some of the booths. The 5K had 400 runners last year, and more are expected this year. You can do the 5K or a one mile walk. A fishing derby for kids takes place Saturday morning.

So if you’re looking for a fun family event, Berryville is a delightful town square and this weekend would be a great time to visit. The square contains some great antique and collectible shops. The Saunders Museum contains almost 400 firearms in its collection, including antique and unusual pieces, as well as knives, Victorian clothing, accessories, textiles and furniture. You’ll be surprised at the beauty and history of the place. I’m not a gun person, but I was completely intrigued by the unique pieces and richness of the inside.

You’ll also want to explore the Carroll County Heritage Museum while you’re there. Artifacts from Berryville and Carroll County are housed in the historic old 1880 Courthouse, including a moonshine still, funeral parlor, one-room school, and genealogy library.

Don’t forget to make a trip out to Cosmic Cavern while you’re there to see the limestone wonders of the underground. The cavern encompasses two bottomless lakes, one of which has had trout in it for over 50 years. It’s also home to the extremely rare Ozark Blind Cave Salamanders. Guided tours are available including an off-trail Wild Cave Tour. The temperature stays at a comfortable 62 degrees year-round.  
Check out Berryvillear.com or call 870-423-3704 for details. Berryville is located in Northwest Arkansas, approximately 45 miles south of Branson, Missouri and 8 miles east of the Victorian resort town of Eureka SpringsHarrison is about a 30 minute drive to the east on Ark. 62.
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