McKinney, TX, May 03, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- In 1994, Clyde Geer was looking for a fun activity that would bring people to downtown McKinney.” How about a chili cook-off," Clyde asked his father-in-law, Killis Melton.
"Hell no ... it's too hot in Texas in the summer to be makin' chili," said Killis. "We need to be makin' ice cream!"
And the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off was born.
In 2007, when Clyde's On the Square closed, the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off and the Doc & Clyde Ice Cream Freezer Museum moved to Chestnut Square Historic Village. Doc & Clyde's Ice Cream Freezer Museum, the largest in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is now on exhibit at Chestnut Square's Visitors Center.
The Crank-Off, scheduled for June 13, takes place at Chestnut Square the second Saturday of June each year. The Crank-Off has been featured on The Food Network and in American Profile Magazine in addition to the Dallas Morning News, local papers, and magazines. Last year, over three thousand people enjoyed the tastes of homemade ice cream, great music, magic shows, and fun kids’ activities.
"Our mission is to celebrate community, preserve history and inspire the future. Ice cream is a great way to celebrate community, and is definitely part of McKinney’s history," Jaymie Pedigo, Chestnut Square Executive Director said. "The Crank-Off is a great way to kick off the summer here in McKinney."
Entry packets for contestants, aka “crankers”, are available on the Chestnut Square website. There are four categories of flavors, and crankers are welcome to enter more than one. Ice Cream submitted for judging must be cranked onsite.
The event begins at 9am and runs until 2pm. As it is held in tandem with the Farmers Market, plan your day accordingly!
Competition flavors are available for public tasting, while supplies last. Tickets are only $1, but you’re going to want a lot of them. Tickets are required for tasting completion concoctions, lunch, other concessions, carnival games, the petting zoo and more. The more tickets sold in advance, the less likely we are to run out of ice cream.
For more information, visit the Chestnut Square website.
Contact: Jaymie Pedigo