By: Alyssa Smythe | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2020
Taste of Summer 2020 is rescheduled for August 22nd from 1-3 p.m. and is reimagined. The ice cream festival was scheduled to take place at Central Park Community Center on July 25th and feature a variety of activities for the entire family. However, carefully considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the decision was made to creatively restructure the event.
The Broken Arrow Chamber, Blue Bell Ice Cream, and Oneta Power are partnering with Broken Arrow police and fire departments to give back to the community and spread positivity. Four department locations will host a drive-thru and distribute free ice cream (limited quantity) and goodie bags filled with fun surprises for kids. The price of admission is solely an appreciation for our police and fire. Car decorations and signs showing support are highly encouraged. The locations are as follows:
Broken Arrow Fire Station 2
(2300 W. Norfolk Dr.)
Broken Arrow Fire Station 4
Amber Hinkle, Event Manager, Broken Arrow Chamber.
(7208-7232 S. Bushnell Blvd.)
Broken Arrow Fire Station 6
(3151 N. 9th St.)
Central Park Community Center
(1500 S. Main St.)
“The Broken Arrow Chamber, Blue Bell, and the sponsors wanted to find a way to adapt the event so we could still have it and put smiles on the faces of children by giving them a great memory and yummy ice cream while staying safe. Additionally, we want to give an opportunity for our children to engage with our Broken Arrow law enforcement and firefighters and give the community a chance to show their appreciation in the process. We are asking those planning on coming to show their thanks to our first responders by making signs or decorating their cars communicating their appreciation,” said Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation.
To ensure a safe and socially distanced event, participants will be required to remain in their vehicles while volunteers and staff hand out their treats.
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