Florida Ice Cream Festival

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Florida Ice Cream Festival

Event Details

Date: April, 6 2013

Time: 10:00am-7:00pm

Place: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida

Price: $3 General Admisson (Gate)


Life. Liberty. and the Pursuit of Ice Cream!

Introducing the inaugural Florida Ice cream Festival presented by Magnify Credit Union. In support of our community, we want to create an event that brings us back to the good old days when our entire community celebrated together one day every year.  The Florida Ice Cream Festival is an original, old fashioned neighborhood event and is the first of its kind in Central Florida, and maybe even the State!

The Florida Ice Cream Festival will be held at the legendary Joker Marchant Stadium at Tiger Town in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, April 6, 2013.  Attendees will experience a variety of things to do, see, and eat during this fun filled day of family entertainment and activities. The younger (and maybe older) crowd will enjoy old fashioned field races,  18 holes of miniature golf, face painting, bounce houses, arts and crafts, rock climbing, and a live DJ.  Contests begin at 10am as ten teams churn and compete in the Working Cow Home Churned Ice Cream Making Contest. Ice cream vendors representing national and local manufacturers will be there for you to enjoy your favorite flavors.

Live entertainment will be on the Stadium Stage throughout the day prior to and following the ice cream eating contests. Celebrities, first responders, amateurs and youth will compete in the under card ice cream eating contests leading up to the featured event…The Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship!  World Champion Eater Joey Chestnut will compete against professional eaters for the prestige of this World Championship title.


World Ice Cream Eating Championship

Major League Eating ( MLE ) number-one ranked competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut seen above, will attempt to win the first-ever Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship during the inaugural Florida Ice Cream Festival.  Chestnut will face tough competition from the likes of Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, Crazy Legs Conti, Juan Rodriguez and local competitors RJ Frasca and Bill Weller. Ice cream is considered to be among the most demanding of all eating disciplines due to the ever-present threat of “brain freeze.” The contest will take place at Joker Marchant Stadium at 4PM. The champion will take home $2,000, with second-place through sixth-place finishers receiving $1,000, $600, $400, $200 and $100, respectively.


Fun Facts

The 2012 Florida Ice Cream Festival is the first of its kind in Central Florida…and maybe even the State of Florida!

USA is top ice cream consumer in the world!

Ice cream is celebrated just as much in November as it is in July…and less chance of melting!

John Santarpia, CEO of Magnify Credit Union is an avid ice cream maker in his spare time.

The favorite ice cream topping is chocolate syrup

Children ages 2 through 12, and adults age 45 plus, eat the most ice cream per person

98 percent of all households purchase ice cream…the other two percent have brain freeze


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The benefits of The Florida Ice Cream Festival will go to two great organizations making a positive impact on our community:

The Magnify Life Foundation
The Magnify Life Foundation was formed in 2009 and is committed to honoring these three principles:

Environment Awareness
Ecological consciousness is about caring how we live, respecting the environment and contributing positively.

Financial Literacy
Feeling economically secure provides a freedom that is health enhancing. Educating and teaching personal responsibility for financial choices is the first step in finding financial freedom.

Community Involvement
Human potential is recognized when we reach beyond our own welfare and serve the needs of others.

Magnify Credit union continues to support many worthwhile community efforts through both financial and volunteer support. It is committed to continuing this vital support through the Magnify Life Foundation.

The Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida
The Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida is committed to providing a caring, enduring presence in our community and believes in the need to invest in our community’s future. The Foundation uses the game of baseball to enhance the quality of life in our community with a focus on youth, education and recreation. Money raised by the Foundation benefits local youth sports organizations and local charities.



The location of the Joker Marchant Stadium (Tiger Town) in Lakeland, Florida, allows for easy access to I-4 with connections to neighboring counties and cities.

Tiger Town
2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Parking is Free


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Visit Central Florida

Beyond year round warm temperatures, a Central Florida vacation offers quick access to both beautiful sandy beaches and world famous Central Florida attractions such as Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios – proving it’s a perfect vacation home base. With so the many sights and attractions to explore such as LEGOLAND® FloridaBok Tower Gardens and Safari Wilderness Ranch or even the Spaceport USA at the Kennedy Space Center, you’ll easily find the right adventure for everyone in your travel party. Whether you’re ready to explore the region by AirEarthWater or Fire, you will quickly feel in your Element the abundance of fun and adventurous things to do in Central Florida!



Visit Lakeland

Lakeland’s quality of life is supported by the variety of arts & cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. Home to many museums and theatres, Lakeland is also proud to boast the Nation’s largest single-campus collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture.

Lakeland and the surrounding areas have earned a strong reputation as a sports hub. With outstanding sports marketing efforts as well as world-class recreational facilities, sports enthusiasts from around the country and the world make Lakeland a destination of choice.

Seasonal festivals and year-round attractions are plentiful in the Lakeland area. Residents and visitors alike enjoy events that meet the needs of a diverse array of interests.



Tiger Town 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33805


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