By: Macy Goodnight | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2021
Amber Hinkle, Event Manager, Broken Arrow Chamber
Summertime in Broken Arrow is truly sweet, and especially when one can spend a day eating endless amounts of ice cream while making lifelong memories with family and friends. It’s time for the Annual Taste of Summer Ice Cream Festival!
This refreshing event will take place at The Central Park Community Center, on July 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Guests can expect all of the usual favorites, including all-you-can-eat ice cream, fantastic local live entertainment, activities for the kids, food trucks, vendors and new this year, a Get Active Zone, sponsored by Camp Gladiator! This ever-popular festival is hosted by the Broken Arrow Chamber, in partnership with Blue Bell Creameries, 1 800 Water Damage, and the City of Broken Arrow. Tickets are $5 each in advance online, $7 at the gate, ages 2 and under are free. Pre-purchase of tickets online are encouraged and will provide faster entry into the festival.
The festival originated as a “thank you” for the community’s support from Blue Bell Creameries, and is still a big part of summer for Broken Arrow, with the Chamber’s help. “This is a Blue Bell driven event, and it is their passion to give back to this community,” said Amber Hinkle, Broken Arrow Chamber Event Manager. “They know how much the Broken Arrow community supports them and they donate all of the ice cream for this absolutely amazing fun, family event.” Many of the volunteers for the event are employees of Blue Bell as well.
The newly added Get Active Zone sponsored by Camp Gladiator will provide fun activities for kids, including soccer, jumping rope, bike riding and other sports, to help youth find active and healthy interests they can connect with. “We highly encourage you to eat all the ice cream you want, but we also know it’s super important to keep our kids and ourselves active,” said Amber.
Previous event photos.
Pics with Police will give everyone an opportunity to mingle with the Broken Arrow PD, and view the new police cars that will be on display. “You might catch one of the officers and get a quick selfie with them!” Amber said.
Taste of Summer is one of many festivals in Broken Arrow, enriching the lives of the citizens that live there, and encouraging people from all over to visit. There is something for everyone. “The Broken Arrow Chamber is really event heavy, as we do so many different events,” Amber said. “All of our work is charged with the overall quality of life of our citizens.” Increased traffic means more for business and economical development. “It’s so important to have these types of events to promote a robust city and community, and it really gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling to see people making lifelong memories.”
For all of the scoop on Taste of Summer, visit their website at tasteofsummerba.com.
Ice Cream Festival
2021 Scooped Flavors
Strawberry, Cake Batter, Coconut, Banana Pudding, Rainbow Sherbet, Birthday Cake, Cherry Vanilla, Strawberry Cheesecake, Peachy Peach, Moo Crunch, Cookies-n-Cream, Rocky Road, Southern Blackberry Cobbler, Pistachio Almond, Mint Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan, Blue Monster, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cotton Candy, Chocolate Chip, Krazy Kolors, Butter Crunch, Krazy Kooky Dough, Happy Tracks, Dutch Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla.
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