Gallons of ice cream devoured

It was a “sundaes” Sunday at the Washington County Fairgrounds this weekend as hundreds of folks showed up for the 31st annual Broughton Ice Cream Social.

“It’s just a great turnout this year, we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout,” said Dave Broughton, director of sales for Broughton Foods.

He said there was plenty of ice cream and cold treats for everyone who attended Sunday’s social to enjoy.

“We couldn’t do this without our volunteers, including many of our own Broughton’s personnel-we even had some past employees helping out,” Broughton added. “And the Marietta Youth Soccer League volunteers have helped make things run a bit smoother this year.”

The league is the beneficiary of the 2014 event. Each year proceeds from the Broughton Ice Cream Social are dedicated to a local organization that benefits the community.

Bill Mannix, Club Ohio soccer coach who helped coordinate this year’s social, said there are more than 700 area kids who play soccer with the Marietta league and 160 of those players were among the volunteers assisting during the event.

“We really appreciate Broughton Foods for doing this to support local nonprofit organizations every year, and several area civic organizations volunteer, too,” Mannix said. “Any money raised goes to benefit the Marietta Youth Soccer League this year to help upgrade fields and equipment and cover other expenses. This will benefit a lot of people.”

Receipts from this year’s event are still being counted, but last year the social raised $14,588 that helped fund Hunger Solutions of the Mid Ohio Valley.

Tracy Lee of Devola brought her three children, Madison, 12, Hannah, 8, and 15-month-old Sophia, to Sunday’s social where all had their fill of ice cream and other frozen treats.

“I like the cherry nut ice cream,” Tracy said. “I remember coming here with my mom and siblings when we were young. Now I bring my kids. And it’s always to support a good cause.”

Mike Davis of Vienna, W.Va., agreed.

“We try to make it every year-especially now that we have grandkids,” he said.

Sydney Davis, 7, sat on her grandfather’s lap, enjoying a cup of pinkish-colored ice cream.

“It’s vanilla with strawberry topping,” she said.

Nearly 600 gallons of ice cream in a variety of flavors are served at the social every year. Root beer floats, sundaes, chocolate ice cream bars and other treats are also part of the frozen fare.

Quinlin Kleintop, 6, of Marietta said he prefers ice cream as he had some candy sprinkles and other toppings added to his ice cream sundae.

“But I have five cherries on top that I have to eat first,” he said.

In addition to plenty of ice cream, Sunday’s social included inflatables for the kids as well as musical entertainment from area bands, including the local High Schools That Rock group.