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Utica Kicks Off 42nd Annual Ice Cream Festival with Parade


By Timothy Perry


May 28, 2016 - 2:04 PM




The Shriners Pipe and Drum Unit Performs in the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival Parade


UTICA - The 42nd annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival kicked off at 11 AM on Saturday Morning with a lively parade.

The traditional parade, which featured free ice cream provided by Velvet Ice Cream, clowns, horses, the Aladdin Shriners Pipes and Drums Unit, old vehicles and tractors, entries from various local businesses, those running for political office, and local sports teams drew a large crowd in the heart of the town, along Central Avenue.

The festival itself is held one mile south of Utica and nine miles north of Newark, off State Route 13, on the grounds of Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Company.

Over 90 artisans from Ohio and other states exhibit their handcrafted items. Pony rides, antique gas engines, a bounce house play area, tours of velvet ice Cream's Manufacturing facilities, will be offered.

Ice cream will be available throughout the festival. The cost is $3 for a single scoop, $4 for a double scoop, and $5 for any sundae. A ham and bean tent, bratwurst stand, and other foods will also be available.

Today's entertainment includes Glen Parks Banjo Entertainment, the Fun Time Magic Show, a celebrity ice cream eating contest, a sack race, wheel barrow race, water balloon toss, an egg toss and Sugar Creek Bluegrass, which calls itself "an energetic young band from central Ohio made up of brothers and sisters who strive to preserve Bluegrass music for many generations. The band performs traditional bluegrass, old time, and gospel music inspired by legends like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley".

Sunday will offer a morning church service, a kiddie tractor pull, a plank race, and B.B. Secrist, who calls himself, "the most authentic tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis".

Monday will feature a cruise-in, a sack race, a three-legged race, a plank race, a water balloon toss, a seed spitting contest, a magic show, and Katty Whomp Us Band, which plays a wide range of music.

The parking and admittance fee is $5 per vehicle. Tour bus and handicapped parking is available. Shuttle service will be available from the parking lot to the festival entrance.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit two area school districts, speech and hearing programs, and the community.




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