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New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum cools off Cruces with Ice Cream Sunday

July 13, 2014

By S. Derrickson Moore >> dmoore@lcsun-news.com, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.



July 13--LAS CRUCES -- It's time once again to scream for ice cream. The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum hears you. The museum will host its popular annual Ice Cream Sunday event from noon to 4 p.m.July 20.

The imaginative program allows aficionados of the frozen treat to participate in several adventures.

Ice Cream Sunday, now in its 11th year, is the museum's largest summer event and usually attracts about 700 people.

Good sports will be able to explore their competition skills (and their tolerance for brain freeze), at the ice cream sandwich-eating contest beginning at 2 p.m. There are separate competition categories for ages 4 to 6, 7 to 10, 11 to 13, 14 to 17 and 18 and up.

Standard competition rules apply.

"In the 4 to 6 age group, the child who eats one ice cream sandwich the fastest wins; in the 7 to 10 group, the first one to eat two ice cream sandwiches wins; in the 11 to 13 group, the first one to eat three ice cream sandwiches is the winner. In the older two age groups, the contestants will see how many ice cream sandwiches they can eat in three minutes. Each competition lasts just three minutes. The winners will get prizes," said museum spokesman Craig Massey.

If you'd like to participate, you must sign up in the NMFRHM lobby the day of the event.

Caliche's will provide a free cup of frozen custard to the first 600 people who pay admission. Southwest Dairy Farmers and GH Dairy and Friends of the NMFRHM will also sponsor events and provide treats.

You can also try making ice cream yourself with an old-fashioned, tried-and-true method that involves rolling coffee cans, with rock salt, ice and a creamy concoction you'll magically transform into America's favorite treat, if all goes well.

Learn more about the culture of ice cream in a living history exhibit that recreates a tableau of life and frosty treats in 1942.

"The time frame is about six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into the war. Now news of war is everywhere and America is making up for lost time by mobilizing troops both at home and abroad. Las Cruces is no exception. The town is throwing an ice cream social to sell war bonds, enlist new soldiers and bring women into the workforce as well as the military," according to the living history scenario provided by Scott Green, the museum's curator of education.

"We'll have staff and volunteers portraying about a dozen characters including a World War I veteran, a former army nurse, a mother with two sons already in the war and one still at home, a son of German immigrants, a disabled soldier, a young woman who got engaged to a soldier after a whirlwind romance, a teen who is impatient to join the war, a war widow whose brother is still at the front and a patriotic and feisty woman who is disappointed that the only available jobs for women in the military are non-combative," Green said.

"We're planning to have entertainment, maybe some volunteers lip-syncing the Andrews Sisters, and from 1 to 1:30 p.m. people will be able to interact with the characters and enjoy ice cream floats: black cows, brown cows and purple cows (ice cream with cola, root beer and grape soda)," Green said.

While you're at the museum, check out exhibits celebrating 3,000 years of farming and ranching life in the Southwest. Museum galleries are featuring Peter Goodman's photographic images focusing on Southwestern landscapes and ranching; "The Cowboy Way: Drawings by Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt; and "Cowboys: The Real Deal," focusing on cowboy traditions of New Mexico and the Southwest, beginning with the original trail drive, Juan de OÑate's trek into the region in 1598, and continuing through the present with photos, videos, music, tools and artifacts.

The museum campus also has special activities for kids, a gift shop and snack bar, outdoor corrals with livestock, a dairy barn, blacksmith shop and greenhouse and gardens.

All the ice cream adventures are covered in regular fees for the museum, located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children ages 5 to 17. Children 4 and under and museum members are admitted free.

Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call 575-522-4100 or visit frhm.org.

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450

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