Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off

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The 2013 Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival


The 18th Annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Start the Cranking!! 

Entry Forms Available Here!
Kid Kranker Kompetition for kids 12 and under!

No entry fee to competeNot too many rules, either!  Check them out Here!

Admission to View the Competition and Enjoy the Entertainment is FREE

Sponsored by: 


Plenty of Ice Cream Choices Available
10:00 a..m.- 2:00 p.m.
$2.00 per scoop

Sponsored by Henry's Homemade Ice Cream!

Taste the Crankers' Ice Cream and Place Your Vote for People's Choice

Crankers' Ice Cream Tasting 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Contest Tasting Tickets (12 tastes)

$15.25 in advance/$20 the day of

Winners announced at 1:45 p.m. at the Main Stage

Buy Taster Tickets Here

Buy Event Tickets Here (Food, Ice Cream, Games, Rides)

Buy 18th Annual Crank-Off T-Shirts Here


Tickets will be mailed out if ordered by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 4
If ordered after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 tickets may be picked up at the "Will Call" table at the event. 
  Tickets to taste the contestants' ice cream and vote for People's Choice are limited by the number of contestants entering. 

Questions?  Call 972-562-8790 or e-mail

18th Annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off

June 8, 2013

Event Schedule

9:00 a.m.                          Cranker Registration Begins

8:00 a.m.- Noon              Historic Downtown McKinney Farmers Market

10:00 a.m.                        Cranking Begins

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Kids Activities at the Wilmeth Schoolhouse

                                           -  Make Your Own Ice Cream ($1.00)

                                           -  Face Painting ($3-$6)

                                           -  Main Street Magic and Fun Company Magic Show (FREE!)

                                           Old-Fashioned Carnival Games on the Green Space ($1.00)
                                           On the Main Stage (FREE!)

                                            - Mustang Swing

                                            - Main Street Magic and Fun Company

                                           Ice Cream Festival Fun and Food

                                           - Nine Homemade Flavors by Henry's Homemade Ice Cream - $2/scoop
                                           - Hot dogs, chips,drink by McKinney's Market Street - $5

                                           - Popcorn by Dennis Baker State Farm Insurance (FREE!)

                                          Fun On the Green Space
                                           -  Old-Fashioned Carnival Games and Fun!      

12:00                               Ice Cream Judging in the Dulaney House

12:00 - 1:30                   Crank-Off Tasting and Public Choice Voting
                                          ($15.25 for 12 tastes in advance, $20 at the door)

1:45                                  Winners Announced on the Main Stage

About the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival

and Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off

Kick off summer with the Chestnut Square Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival Featuring the 17th annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-off presented by Chestnut Square Historic Village.   Cranker registration starts at 9:00, cranking starts at 10:00 a.m.  Ice Cream and lots of fun activities are available from 10:00 until 2:00.  Tasting of crankers entries and people's choice voting is from 12:00 - 1:30.  Winners announced at 1:45.   Enjoy live entertainment and lots of fun kids' activities and old-fashioned amusement rides from 10:00 a.m !

The competition, held in front of the Dulaney House at Chestnut Square, is open to the public. Pre-registration is requested, but not required, and contestants should arrive by 9:00 a.m. with an ice cream freezer and pre-mixed ingredients for registration. Contestants should plan to make two (2) gallons of their flavor entry for judging and tasting.  Salt, ice and power will be furnished. 

Homemade ice cream will be available from 10:00 until 2:00 for sale.  Cranker ice cream tasting will begin at 12:00 p.m. for those who buy $15 tasting tickets in advance, $20 at the door.   Those who purchase a  tasting ticket will also vote for the People's Choice Award. 

All proceeds from the sampling will benefit the McKinney Education Foundation in memory of Leslie Geer and the Clyde and Doc's Ice Cream Freezer Museum at Chestnut Square.



“What better way to spend a hot Saturday afternoon than cooling off with a sampling of homemade ice cream? You can find flavors as unique as Curry, as gourmet as Chocolate Caramel Crunch, and as familiar as vanilla,” said McKinney Main Street Director, Ty Lake. “ The Ice Cream Crank Off in one more example of what makes our wonderful community truly unique by nature.”

Along with sampling ice cream, event attendees can enjoy the unique ambiance of Chestnut Square Historic Village. 

Doc n' Clyde's, a museum exhibit featuring more than 300 antique ice cream freezers and ice cream memorabilia, will be open during the festival. The museum was moved to Chestnut Square Historic Village when Clydes on the Square closed in 2008.   Kid's Corner, sponsored by North Texas Kids Magazine, will offer face painting, stilt walking and a magic show provided by Main Street Magic Company.

Visitors are urged to park in one of the many downtown parking lots and stroll over to Chestnut Square.  The Historic Downtown McKinney Farmers Market will take place at Chestnut Square 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Historic Downtown's specialty shops, art galleries, furniture stores, antique collections, gift shops, apparel boutiques and restaurants will be open for visitors to enjoy.  Enjoy an "upside down" meal by attending the tasting and then dining at one of the many wonderful downtown restaurants.

“Ice cream is an American pastime, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our holiday weekend than this,” said Clyde Geer, former owner of Clyde’s on the Square. “Everyone has some sort of fond memory about making homemade ice cream. My family and I enjoy putting this together each year, and our hope is that families throughout our community will continue to relive those special moments and cherish time spent with one another in Historic Downtown McKinney.”

For more information, contact Cindy Johnson at 972-562-8790 or email  Click here for your application form.   Tickets for the cranker tasting purchased online through the link above or in advance by calling 972-562-8790.

Sponsors for the 16th Annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off are:

McKinney Community Development Corporation

Market Street in McKinney

Medical Center McKinney

McKinney Main Street

Orisons Art & Framing

McKinney Office Supply

Main Street Magic and Fun Company



Medical Center of Mckinney
Market Street