James Ross won Texas State Champion Ice Cream Freeze-Off’s top honor Saturday. His creamy strawberry ice cream was hailed Super Scoop of the year, the top award given to the ice cream rated the best in a category featuring only entries from previous freeze-off category winners.
In addition to bragging rights for the next year, Ross also received the $100 Super Scoop prize, an ice cream freezer and trophy.
The runner-up in the Super Scoop category was Billy Jack Allen’s banana nut ice cream, for which he was awarded a $50 prize and trophy.
While Ross’ creamy strawberry was the judges’ choice, Earnest Young’s butter pecan treat received the People’s Choice Award. Young was awarded a $50 prize and trophy.
The contest, which featured 68 ice cream entries, was judged in plain, fruit and novelty categories. The freeze-off, which drew hundreds to Hopkins County Regional Civic Center grounds to sample the frozen sweets, consisted of three divisions, Super Scoops (previous first place division winners), Little Dips (children) and Big Dips (adults).
First through third place prizes were awarded in each of the three Big Dip categories. Each winner received a trophy and cash prize.
Top winners were also awarded a new ice cream freezer. Little Dips received trophies, cash prizes and gift cards or banks/purses with cash inside and in some cases stuffed animals.
Carlie Penson’s Fire and Ice won the $75 first place prize in the Big Dip Novelty category. Penson explained that the confection consisted of a concoction of vanilla ice cream with secret additives and nuts that had some spices in the mixture.
Randy McCoy took home the second place Big Dip Novelty $50 prize with his banana pecan nut ice cream. The $25 third place prize in the Big Dip Novelty category went to Tori Cotton for her caramel Snickers peanut butter ice cream.
JoAlice McCue and the Republican Women won the $75 Big Dip Plain prize with their chocolate ice cream. Tori Cotton’s second place vanilla took home the $50 Big Dip Plain prize. Tonya Ross’ creamy vanilla won the $25 third place Big Dip Plain prize.
Mandy Eckhardt’s raspberry flavored frozen treat won first place in the Big Dip Fruit category, for which she was awarded the $75 prize. Second place went to Joe Bradford’s coconut ice cream, which drew a $50 prize. Paula Moody won the $25 third place prize in the Big Dip Fruit category with her banana ice cream.
Machelle Allen’s bananas Foster won first place in the Little Dip Novelty category. Allen was awarded $20, a $20 gift card and trophy. Second place in Little Dip Novelty went to Macey Brim’s thin mint Oreo. The second place prize included a trophy, $10 and $10 purse.
Macey Brim also won the first place Little Dip Plain trophy, $20 cash prize, a gift card and a stuffed frog with her vanilla ice cream entry. Second place in the Little Dip Plain category went to Kyleigh Allen’s chocolate ice cream; Allen received $10, a piggy bank with money and a trophy.
The first place trophy in the Little Dip Fruit category, $20 cash prize and bank with $15 in it went to Ann Marie Dorner’s peach ice cream. McKenna Wiler’s “Oh My Sweet Strawberry” finished second in the Little Dip Fruit category; Wiler went home with a trophy, $10 bank and stuffed animal.
Of course, the freeze-off wouldn’t be possible without the numerous businesses and agencies who donated prizes, funds and supplies.
Triple Dip sponsors included Agriland Farm Credit, Alliance Bank and Ferrell Gas.
Double Dip sponsors included A&S Air Conditioning, City National Bank, Farmers Electric Coop, Holiday Inn Express, JB Weld, Kent’s Metal Craft, KSST, Legacy Ag Credit, Pilgrim Bank, Ponder’s Mower & Saw, Sherwin Williams, State Rep. Dan Flynn, Tierra Del Sol, Southwest Dairy Museum, East Texas Physical Therapy and Ocean Spray Cranberries.
Single Dip sponsors included ABC Autoplex, Bear Littleton-State Farm, Dairy Health Services, George H. Walker & Co., Goodwill Industries of North East Texas, Hopkins County Dairy Festival, JR Services, Nor-Tex Tractor, Party Gear, Peoples Communication, Price Law Firm, Professional Land Title Co., State Sen. Dr. Bob Duell, Sulphur Springs Livestock/Dairy Auction, Super Handy, Swamp Pots, Texas A&M University-Commerce and Walgreens.
Prize and goody bag sponsors included Alliance Bank, At Home Health Care, Danna’s, Farmers Electric Cooperative, Guaranty Bond Bank, Holiday Inn Express, Muddy Jake’s Pilgrim Bank, Southwest Dairy Museum, Sweet Frog, Texas Heritage National Bank and Twisted S.
More photos from the Ice Cream Freeze-Off, HC Dairy Festival available on the News-Telegram Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/myssnewscom
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