Monday, July 30, 2007

It's Almost Over

July is National Ice Cream Month and there's only one day left. In 1984, when President Reagan first proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, he called for the nation to observe this special month with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

One appropriate activity is to eat some ice cream. Or maybe we should visit an ice cream factory, and it may as well be the Little Creamery that cranks out Blue Bell creations. Blue Bell Creameries, located in Brenham in my home state of Texas, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

Blue Bell was started by local farmers and named after the Texas state flower, bluebonnets. Despite such humble beginnings, it now ranks in the top three among ice cream in the country. The brand is available in only 20% of the nation's markets, mostly in the South.

The creamery regularly offers tours and more, but this year, they are taking their exhibits on the road. There are contests to create new flavors, and you can even join their club. Sounds like fun.

If you are not in Blue Bell country, visit an ice cream establishment near you. It is, after all, National Ice Cream Month.

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