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15th Annual Ice Cream Festival Returns on July 13

Hundreds of community residents and visitors will sample delicious flavors of ice cream and engage in fun, family activities during Scoop-a-Palooza on Saturday, July 13 at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS). 

A favorite for all ages, the indoor event will give attendees a break from the summer heat while tasting dozens of ice cream flavors from six local vendors. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CASHS cafeteria at 511 South Sixth Street in Chambersburg. Scoop-a-Palooza is sponsored by ACNB Bank and will also include a Kids’ Zone with the Franklin County Library System Bookmobile and appearances by Maggie the Clown.

The Human Sundae Event at 12:30 p.m. will feature special guest Rick Heckman transforming into a culinary delight. Children will have the opportunity to turn Heckman into a real sundae masterpiece complete with ice cream, cherries, whipped cream, sprinkles and more!

During Scoop-a-Palooza, sponsored by ACNB Bank, ice cream vendors will offer dozens of flavors for festival-goers to sample. The air-conditioned space will offer the perfect oasis for summer fun while tasting all the ice cream and flavored ice treats you can eat.

Six well-known ice cream vendors will be on site including The Igloo, Half Pint Creamery, The Meadows Original Frozen Custard, Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard (Chambersburg), Scoop on the Square (Greencastle) and Spartan Ice Cream Center (Milton Hershey School). Each will offer traditional and unique ice cream flavors that attendees will sample and vote for their favorites.

Advance tickets are offered at a discount now through July 11 at Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 2 to 12 years old and entry is free for children under 2 years old. Tickets will be available at the door for an additional fee. 

“Scoop-a-Palooza will bring family and friends together for some of the best ice cream our area has to offer,” said Virginia Harriger, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation. “We love hosting this festival that supports the Foundation’s educational programming in our county, and we are excited to be celebrating 15 years of support from the sponsors, ice cream vendors, volunteers and community members!”

Scoop-a-Palooza is a fundraiser hosted by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on leadership and workforce development programs in Franklin County. Scoop-a-Palooza is part of ChambersFest, a weeklong festival happening July 13 to 20, 2024. For a full schedule of events, visit

Special thanks to Scoop-a-Palooza sponsors: Presenting Sponsor ACNB Bank; Triple Scoop Sponsors: Starr Insurance, The Floor Trader Outlet – Chambersburg, Tommy’s Express Car Wash, Volvo Construction Equipment North East, WellSpan Health; Double Scoop Sponsors: Chick-fil-A Chambersburg, Corning Credit Union, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Single Scoop Sponsors: Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club, SEK, CPAs & Advisors; Baby Scoop Sponsors: Mercy House of Chambersburg, Nicole Scott, Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency.


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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