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Blue Bell rolling into town with free ice cream party



Oklahoma and Blue Bell Creameries both turn 100 this year, and the ice cream manufacturer is rolling into town to celebrate.

The free exhibit is from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird.

Housed in a chocolate-colored 18-wheeler, the "rolling birthday party" includes multimedia presentations on the history of Blue Bell, anniversary merchandise and free ice cream. Kids can jump in on the fun in a bounce house disguised as a giant carton of its Homemade Vanilla flavor.

"Even though we've only been in the state of Oklahoma for 18 years, we have a pretty rich history," said Robert Mills, manager of Blue Bell's Oklahoma City branch. "It's a natural partnership with the Oklahoma History Center, with the significance of the state's 100th anniversary this year."

The center will have its own activities, and invites fathers to visit for free on Sunday. The center offers visitors more than 50 topics and 2,000 artifacts on Oklahoma's heritage and history.

The creamery's caravan is making stops in 66 cities across the 17 states where the treat is sold. The company began in 1907 in Brenham, Texas, as a butter creamery, and did not start churning ice cream until 1911. Today, it is the third best-selling ice cream in the United States.

Profits from the Blue Bell merchandise will go directly to Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma City. "Lauren Hopkins

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