Utica is a small community located in Central Ohio, about 35 miles northeast of Columbus. Set among forests and rolling hills, Utica is home to a picturesque town square, historic architecture and several shops and restaurants. Additionally, the village hosts the annual Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, which takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend.
The Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, sponsored by the Utica Sertoma Club, a local non-profit deaf and hard-of-hearing assistance and advocacy group, is a three-day culinary celebration centered around traditional American ice cream. Guests attending the festival, which takes place one mile south of the city on the grounds of the Utica Energy Cooperative, can sample old-fashioned ice cream, as well as other food items.
In addition to the ice cream event, the festival is also home to a craft show, in which dozens of local artists bring their wares to display and sell. Guests can view and/or buy these items by visiting the various craft tables located throughout the event. Both amateurs and professionals can enter their crafts in the event by filling out the vendor information form on the festival's website at uticaoldfashionedicecreamfestival.com and sending pictures -- in electronic format -- to the event's committee.
The Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival hosts a parade, which takes place on the Saturday of the festival. The parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m. at Utica High School, marches through the city's streets. It features a myriad of displays, including horses, marching bands and floats. The festival's committee selects various winners from among the displays in front of the high school immediately following the parade.
The Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival also hosts a plethora of other activities, attractions, displays and events, such as antique engines, pony rides and ice-cream-eating contests. Additionally, the festival hosts other events, such as an egg toss, magic show, food concession stands, live music and children's activities. As of the time of this writing, the cost to attend is $5 per car.