5th Annual Ice Cream Festival puts a steamy Canada Day on ice

 

By Chase Ferguson

Summer heat and frozen treats made Toddy Jones Park the place to be Sunday.

The 5th Annual Amherstburg Ice Cream Festival took over the park on Canada Day to offer visitors all the coldest treats available from ice cream to frozen lemonade.

The event had free admission and included local entertainment on stage all day, including a performance by The Secret.

Toddy Jones Park was a hive of activity as thousands of people showed up to take part in Canada’s birthday festivities.

Other activities included a presentation by Mad Science, pony rides, face painting, ice cream eating contests and the ever popular splash pad.

Plenty of people came decked out in red and white clothes with lots of maple leaves.

“It is always a great day when this many people come out,” said Natalia Iannucci, who was busy serving treats

A young girls beats the heat Sunday afternoon by enjoying a chocolatey frozen treat

for Nuccelli’s Frozen Yogurt.  “We love to see the community come together like this.”

Iannucci said it was one of the busiest events of the year for their business which saw a steady stream of visitors over the course of the day.

The non-profit event aimed to raise funds for Autism Ontario as well as attract tourists to local businesses.  Local retailers and services also set up tents in the park.

The festival was very popular with young families looking for relief from the high temperatures and intense sunshine that shined down on most of the day.

Amherstburg resident Chris Whitby brought his two sons, ages five and eight, to enjoy the festivities and the splash pad.

“It’s a great way to spend Canada Day outside with the family,” Whitby said.  “The kids love it and we all get to cool off.”

It was the fourth year attending the Ice Cream Festival for the Whitby family who said it has become another annual tradition along with the fireworks.

“The kids look forward to this weekend all year long,” he said. “So you can bet we’ll be back next year.”

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