‘A Totally Local Ice Cream Social’ set for July 20

Staff Report

Winnebago Buy Local welcomes the public to the Second Annual “A Totally Local Ice Cream Social” from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 20, at the Lombardi Club, 209 Olive St., downtown Rockford.

What’s better on a hot Sunday summer afternoon than great, local, ice cream?” asked Winnebago Buy Local’s Director Lauren Davis. “A Totally Local Ice Cream Social started last year upon this simple concept, and it was a tremendous success. Winnebago County loves local businesses and ice cream, so we came up with a way to combine these two great things into one great summertime event. Local ice cream with loads of toppings from local businesses sounds incredible, especially when it is also National Ice Cream Day!”

Besides the delicious locally-made ice cream (from Rockton’s Dairy Haus, an event sponsor), ice cream toppings are coming from local businesses to make your favorite concoctions. Also sponsored by Spice Galleria, Meyer’s Canine Colony and Knit One Purl Two, A Totally Local Ice Cream Social will have Sock-Hop music from Joe Locke of Hits DJ, Special Moments Photo Booth, water from Home Environment Center, children’s entertainment, and face painting as a part of this fun, family-friendly event. A Totally Local Ice Cream Social welcomes Rockford Brewing Company, who will be serving root beer for “decked-out” root beer floats this year.

Best of all, admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help offset the costs of promoting local businesses. Winnebago Buy Local will also be holding a school supplies drive at the event for Rock House Kids. Bring along assorted school supply items to this event. Notebook paper, crayons, pencils, and such are but a few of the things they use to help local school-aged children in need.

Getting school supplies for Rock House Kids is a great way for us to give back,” Davis noted.

Now in its fourth year, Winnebago Buy Local is a not-for-profit group of more than 150 member locally-owned, grassroots businesses based in Winnebago County. Supporting locally owned businesses keeps wealth in the local region while keeping Winnebago County a unique place to live, work and visit. By supporting businesses such as these, studies have shown that more of every dollar spent with them stays in the local economy versus when spending with other types of businesses. Winnebago Buy Local is a not-for-profit group based in Rockford that supports locally-owned businesses.

For more information, visit www.buywbl.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/674157686002905.

From the July 16-22, 2014, issue

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