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Crowd has cool time at ice cream festival

Vincent Ball

By Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor

Ryerson Gates, 7, and his buddy Tyler Slater, 4, both of Jarvis, get a visit from Scoopie, the Ice Cream Fest mascot at the 19th annual Ice Cream Fest held in Simcoe on Saturday. The boys had a lot of fun adding all of the extras including syrup, sauce and cookie crumbs to their ice cream. VINCENT BALL/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Ryerson Gates, 7, and his buddy Tyler Slater, 4, both of Jarvis, get a visit from Scoopie, the Ice Cream Fest mascot at the 19th annual Ice Cream Fest held in Simcoe on Saturday. The boys had a lot of fun adding all of the extras including syrup, sauce and cookie crumbs to their ice cream. VINCENT BALL/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

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Ryerson Gates loves ice cream on his sprinkles, syrup and cookie crumbs.

And the seven-year-old from Jarvis isn't alone.

He was in good company on Saturday beginning with his buddy Tyler Slater and a few thousand others who were in Simcoe for the 19th annual Ice Cream Festival. Thousands were expected to attend the event and just about everyone was expected to drench a dish of Breyers with about 18 different toppings including a variety of sauces to create their own ice-cream sundaes.

But when asked what he likes best about the event, Ryerson had a surprising answer.

“Rides, rides, rides,” Ryerson said adding that as soon as he finished his ice cream he was going to enjoy a few more rides with Tyler, Tyler's mom Robyn and his mom Chelsey.

“After that, we're going to have another bowl of ice cream.”

The Simcoe Lynn Valley Lions Club sponsors the event whose main attraction is the ice cream. But while there was always a line-up for ice cream, a lot of kids were busy enjoying other attractions like rides, face-painting and bouncy castles.

Julie Waters, of Mississauga, brought her two children Sienna, 9, and Nolan 7, to Wellington Park for the event.

“We vacation in Port Dover every year and we heard about this and thought it would be a great time for the kids,” Waters said. “They're having a blast.

“It's a great family event. There's all kinds of great things going on for the kids.”

Wendi Vellinga of Vittoria also attended the event and her son Leland, 9, was also have a great time with some of the other non-ice cream attractions.

“This is a big event for us,” Ingrid Coppens, the president of the Simcoe Lynn Valley Lions Club, said. “We expect to sell about 4,000 dishes of ice cream over the two days and all of the proceeds will go to various charities.

“We have a lot of people helping out today, a lot of club members and volunteers. It's a real community effort.”

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