Ice cream lovers unite!

Scoop-a-Palooza once again delivered cool, tasty treats to ticket holders Saturday that helped them beat the scorching July heat as they supported the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program.

The annual fundraiser is anything but boring as supporters grab their spoons and travel from station to station, sampling the best of the best from area creameries. This year’s vendors were: Hoover’s Grill & Ice Cream, Meadows Frozen Custard of Chambersburg, Milton Hershey School, Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard of Shippensburg, Trickling Springs Creamery and Windy Knoll Farm Market & Creamery of Chambersburg. The event’s main sponsor was ACNB Bank. 

The fun doesn’t stop there. The Celebrity Sundae contest, sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment, had the crowd giggling as volunteers chosen via a drawing covered Sue McMurtray of Totem Pole Playhouse in scoops of ice cream, chocolate and strawberry syrup, peanuts, pretzels, sprinkles, whipped cream and, of course, cherries on top. McMurtray sat on a chair that rested in a kiddie pool, and was covered in plastic for the human sundae experience.

“I just want you to know, this is the best day of my life!” McMurtray quipped as the volunteers continued to pour the toppings over her.

McMurtray said she wanted to do the contest, noting it started last year when the committee asked Producing Artistic Director Rowan Joseph to do it. However, he had a prior commitment, and couldn’t participate.

“I asked them why they always have a guy do it, and why not a girl, so they put me on the list,” she laughed. “This year, they called and I asked Rowan if he could do it. When he couldn’t, I stepped up and said I would do it.”

McMurtray said the ice cream was “rather refreshing,” and she is a good sport happy to help for a good cause.

Blake Eichenlaub, 8, of Orrstown, was one of the volunteers who helped to turn McMurtray into a sundae.

“It was fun!” he exclaimed, adding this was his first visit to Scoop-a-Palooza. He attended with his mom, Kristen, and sister, Brooke. Blake said his favorite part was probably covering McMurtray in whipped cream. 

Blake’s favorite ice cream Saturday was Windy Knoll’s vanilla, and Brooke voted for the mango ice from Rita’s of Shippensburg.

“It was really nice and well put together,” Kristen said of the event. “It’s nice for the kids, not expensive. They had fun!”

Darius McClure Gould, 7, of Enola was another volunteer who helped with the Celebrity Sundae contest. He enjoyed dumping the toppings on McMurtray, especially the whipped cream. His mom said it was cute when Darius fed McMurtray a pretzel.

Joe Miller of Trickling Springs Creamery said they have been participating since its inception 10 years ago.

“We love the community involvement,” he said. “We enjoy all of the people who show up for a good time, and all of the comments about the ice cream. He said Trickling Springs wins nearly every year with its Indonesian Vanilla Bean flavor in the Vanilla category. And this year was no exception. 

He said they have also won the Golden Scoop Award, and favorites for their Chocolate and Blueberry flavors. 

“The public loves us!” he added. “We make our ice cream from scratch. We start with the milk, and we use limited ingredients, and no artificial flavors or colors.”

Miller said he prefers their Indonesian Vanilla Bean flavor.

“Vanilla is actually a complex flavor,” he said. “There are a lot of different notes in vanilla, and we tested a lot of them before we decided on this one.”

Beth Yilmaz of Hagerstown said she and her children had a lot of fun at their first Scoop-a-Palooza. “The kids think it’s really fun to eat all of the ice cream,” she said.

Three-year-old Rowan Coulter of Greencastle was very excited to dig into a scoop of Windy Knoll’s Vanilla ice cream, while his brother, Dawson, 5, and cousin, Brook Thornlow, 7, enjoyed their bright blue and pink Cotton Candy flavor. 

Brook said her favorite of the day, though, was Trickling Spring’s Blueberry.

Andy of Windy Knoll said they, too, have participated every year since its inception. He noted their creamy flavors are featured at Cabin on King in Shippensburg.

“We love coming out and dipping the ice cream for the community,” he said. “Basically, it’s all about the ChambersFest. We’ve won the Golden Scoop six years in a row. The community loves Windy Knoll, and we wouldn’t be here without them.”

Windy Knoll took home the Golden Scoop Award once more on Saturday, with the most overall votes cast by the public.

Andy said they have been making ice cream for 11 years now, and noted there are a lot of creameries that participate that have great ice cream. 

He noted the quality of Windy’s Knoll’s 58 flavors sets them apart, and that the Golden Scoop speaks for itself.

Some of his favorite flavors of theirs are the Black Raspberry and Vanilla. 

Isabel Norris, 5, of Chambersburg, and her sister, Hadley, 2, enjoyed getting their faces painted at the Kids’ Area, sponsored by Orrstown Bank, Saturday, along with eating the ice cream. Isabel’s favorite was Windy Knoll’s Cotton Candy, and while Hadley really enjoyed all of the flavors, she preferred Trickling Springs’ Vanilla. 

This was their first visit to Scoop-a-Palooza, and their mom, Ashley, said they will be back again.

“It was awesome, and we really enjoyed trying flavors from local ice cream shops,” Ashley added.

Michelle Paulnock, committee member with ACNB Bank, said there were around 1,400 people at this year’s Scoop-a-Palooza, which is slightly more than usual.

The event benefits the Youth Leadership Program, and Paulnock said each year, 24 10th graders from Franklin County schools are able to participate in the program. 

Paulnock’s favorite part of Scoop-a-Palooza is: “the excitement in the room! The looks on the kids’ faces when they come in, and their mouths hang open in awe, like, ‘I can eat all of this ice cream!’ It just brings a great feeling.”

Paulnock also samples the ice cream, and prefers anything that contains one particular flavor: “I’m a chocoholic. I’ll try all of the chocolate flavors!”

For more information on Scoop-a-Palooza, visit: https://www.scoopapalooza.org/

The winners are listed below. There were a combined 2,782 votes in five categories.  

Most Overall Votes

Golden Scoop Winner -Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery

Runner up - Trickling Springs Creamery 

2nd runner up - Milton Hershey School/Spartan Ice Cream

Favorite Vanilla

1st Place – Trickling Springs Creamery – Indonesian Vanilla Bean

2nd place – Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery – Vanilla

3rd place – Milton Hershey School – Vanilla

Favorite Chocolate

1st place – Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery – Triple Chocolate Earthquake

2nd place – Trickling Springs Creamery - Chocolate

3rd place – Milton Hershey School – Malted Memories Chocolate

Favorite Fruit

1st Place – Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery – Blueberry Cheesecake

2nd place – Trickling Springs Creamery – Blueberry

3rd place – Rita’s of Shippensburg – Mango Ice

Most Unique

1st Place – Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery – Peanut Butter Overload

2nd Place – Milton Hershey School – Irish Potato

3rd Place – Trickling Springs Creamery – Toasted Coconut Almond

Kids’ Choice

1st Place – Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery – Cotton Candy

2nd place – Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery – Peanut Butter Overload

3rd place – Windy Knoll Farm Market and Creamery – Triple Chocolate Earthquake

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