By ROXANN MILLER
8:39 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
Ice cream has been known to soothe a broken heart, but who knew it could ease the pain of a broken leg?
For Hannah Wagner, 7, of Waynesboro, Pa., the all-you-can-eat ice cream at Saturday’s Scoop-a-Palooza temporarily took her mind off a recent trampoline accident.
“It’s fun and you can eat all the ice cream you want, and you only have to pay $4 to get in,” Hannah said.
Wagner’s mother, Amanda, said the event was the right medicine to brighten her daughter’s spirits.
“This is the first time we’ve come, and I think it’s awesome,” Wagner said.
“We brought her to cheer her up. We’re trying to find fun things to do that will take her mind off not being able to swim and do other summertime things,” she said.
This was the third year for Scoop-a-Palooza, Ice Cream for Education, which raises funds for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.
Event committee chairwoman Robin Harmon said the event raised a little more than $4,000 last year. It is the chamber foundation’s main fundraiser, she said.
According to event organizers, the event grew from 250 attendees in its first year to 831 this year.
“It’s just a fun event,” Harmon said. “Family can come in and eat some ice cream. And who doesn’t like ice cream? Kids can have fun, get their face painted. It’s an inexpensive, fun, relaxing family day.”
Upon entering the Chambersburg Area Senior High School cafeteria, ice cream lovers could purchase a ticket for $7 for adults and $5 for ages 4 to 12. Those younger than 3 were admitted free.
After being handed a white plastic spoon, attendees set off on a quest to sample as much ice cream as their stomachs could hold from local providers such as Antietam Dairy, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Dietrich’s Ice Cream, Magic Ice Cream, The Meadows, Trickling Springs Creamery and Windy Knoll.
With careers in education, Carolyn and Mike Doncheski of Greencastle, Pa., said combining their love of ice cream with supporting education was a natural fit.
Carolyn is an occupational therapist who works with children in the schools, while her husband is employed at Penn State Mont Alto.
“We love ice cream, so we thought it would be a great thing to do,” she said.
Their 4-year-old son, Michael, typically loves chocolate ice cream but was focused on making a Lego crane with the help of Lauren Cunningham, an engineer for Manitowoc.
Manitowoc’s Lego crane building was a new event this year. Children could also have their faces painted.
This was the first year that Jessica and Justin McCann, of Chambersburg, and their daughters, Caitlyn, 7, and Gabby, 5, came to the event.
“What’s not good about ice cream?” Justin McCann said.
Even though each ice cream portion was placed in a small sample cup, Jessica McCann tried to give her daughters a bit of advice about pacing themselves.
Take a couple of bites and don’t fill up, or you’ll never be able to eat it all, she said.
“It’s great for the community to raise money, and to be able to come out and try all the local vendors,” Jessica McCann said.
Attendees voted for their favorites in one of five categories: best overall, best vanilla, best chocolate, most unique and best fruit.
Windy Knoll Farm Market, Chambersburg, took the top prize (best overall), the Golden Scoop Award, for its peanut butter overload flavor.
Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, won the top honor in the vanilla category.
Windy Knoll won the chocolate category with its triple chocolate earthquake flavor.
Magic Ice Cream won first and second places in the most unique category, with its salted caramel and fruity pebbles flavors, respectively.
Trickling Springs won first place in the fruit category with its black raspberry flavor.
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