Freeport’s Union Dairy celebrates 100 years June 19-22

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FREEPORT, Ill. — The Union Dairy, at 126 E. Douglas St., in downtown Freeport, Ill., will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer.

Following are some events recognizing the dairy’s history:

Thursday, June 19

• 2 p.m. — Special invitation to senior residents older than 95, honoring their involvement in the community and giving them free ice cream.

Friday, June 20

• 4-8 p.m. — Carriage tours of downtown Freeport

• 4 p.m. — VIP Reception (by invitation only)

• 4:45 p.m. — Media remarks (also open to the public)

• 5 p.m. — Beer garden opens

• 5:30 p.m. — Live bands Jimmy Fred and the Flames

• 8 p.m. — Live band Back Country Roads

Saturday, June 21

• 1 p.m. — “A Presidential Press Conference”: Abraham Lincoln appears at the Debate Site … remarks followed by audience questions and photos with Abe

• 2 p.m. — Freeport Art Museum-sponsored art contest; for details, contact Jennifer at (815) 235-9755

• 2-7 p.m. — Carriage tours of downtown Freeport

• 4 p.m. — Car show

• 5 p.m. — Another “Presidential Press Conference”

• 7 p.m. — Costume contest for drivers of the car show

• 7 p.m. — Winner announced for the art contest

• 8 p.m. — Short cruise out ending the car show

Sunday, June 22

• Noon — Dairy Days Parade through downtown; for details, contact Bruce Johnson at the Farm Bureau at (815) 499-9387

• 1 p.m. — Family Day, fun for all ages, bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, games, face painting and caricatures

• 1 p.m. — “One More Time” event, past employees scooping one more time

• 1-5 p.m. — Carriage tours of downtown Freeport

• 5 p.m. — Car giveaway: One individual from the community will be awarded a 2000 Grand Prix GT, based on letters submitted prior to the event, winner chosen by sponsors

The Hampton Inn will feature a special rate for overnight guests for those who mention the Union Dairy. The hotel can be reached at (815) 232-7100.

The Union Dairy opened in 1914 after two milk delivery men joined forces to create a “union” dairy location. In 1924, they purchased the property on Douglas Street. By 1934, they began producing ice cream. The Union Dairy has been passed several times among owners since it first opened, but it has remained forever successful.

The dairy has 51 flavors of ice cream as well as burgers (from a local butcher) and fries to satisfy every hungry appetite. The dairy goes through about 600 gallons of ice cream per week.

The establishment is popular among locals and is a favorite location for visitors as well. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m., daily, until Labor Day; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Sundays, September-October. Visit or call (815) 232-7099 for more details.

Posted June 18, 2014

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