Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Ice Cream!

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Ice Cream!

Outgrowing last year’s venue, the 2nd Annual Florida Ice Cream Festival has expanded to 2 days and will be held at the SUN ’n FUN Grounds at Lakeland Linder Airport on April 12-13, 2014.

In support of our community, Magnify Credit Union wanted to create an event that brings people back to the good old days, when our entire community celebrated together every year. The Florida Ice Cream Festival is an original, old-fashioned neighborhood event and is the first of its kind in the state.

Attendees will experience a variety of things to do, see, and eat during these fun-filled days of family entertainment and activities. The younger (and maybe older) crowd will enjoy oldfashioned field races, 18 holes of miniature golf, face painting, bounce houses, carnival rides, rock climbing, live performances by local artists and a live DJ. Contests begin at 10 a.m. as teams churn and compete in the Home Churned Ice Cream Making Contest. Ice cream vendors representing national and local manufacturers will be there with your favorite flavors. Area food vendors will provide a wide sampling of tasty offerings.

Live entertainment will be on the stage throughout the day on the 12th, followed by the ice cream eating contests. Celebrities, first responders, amateurs and youth will compete in the under card ice cream eating contests leading up to the featured event: the Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream-Eating Championship. Joey Chestnut will defend his title as World Ice Cream-Eating Champion. Officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, the six-minute, all-you-can-eat contest will pit Chestnut against some of the world’s top-ranked eaters. “The 2013 Florida Ice Cream was a stellar success,” said Magnify Credit Union President/CEO John Santarpia. “The World Ice Cream Eating- Championship was the highlight of the festival and we’re thrilled to welcome back Joey Chestnut and the rest of Major League Eating’s finest.”

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Joey was able to ignore a monumental case of brain freeze last year and set a new world record eating 14.5 pints in 6 minutes,” said Major League Eating Chairman George Shea. “It will not be so easy this year as the contest is expected to attract top ice cream-eating talent nationwide.” The contest will start at 4:00 p.m. The champion will take home $2,000, with secondplace through sixth-place finishers receiving $1,000, $600, $400, $200 and $100, respectively (registration is officially open). Finishing off the evening will be a performance by well-known local area band Clemons Road.

Church and Family Day will take place Sunday. In addition to great ice cream and a variety of foods, attendees will be able to enjoy performances by 8 area church bands.

The benefits of The Florida Ice Cream Festival will go to two great organizations, making a positive impact on our community:

The Magnify Life Foundation

The Magnify Life Foundation was formed in 2009 and is committed to honoring these three principles: Environment Awareness; Financial Literacy and Community Involvement. One of the Magnify Life Foundation’s immediate goals is to provide financial literacy programs to our youth. Teaching children the basic fundamentals of: saving for an emergency, making long term investments, donating time or money to those less fortunate, and spending within our means are essential traits that must continually be reinforced. The Magnify Life Foundation funds the TrueWealth-KIDsm program for all 5th grade classes in Polk County. The TrueWealth-KIDSsm program is a classroom based program that teaches common sense core values and concepts coupled with hands-on experience so that children can learn the skills and knowledge necessary to make sound decisions and lead fulfilling lives.

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy Foundation (CFAAF)

CFAAF was formed to support the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a public high school “career academy” located on the SUN ’n FUN and Florida Air Museum campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, in Lakeland, Florida. The Academy places strong emphasis on the development of superior science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, utilizing the study of the aerospace industry’s many elements to accomplish this objective.