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Compete or just taste at Ice Cream Crankin’
by Joan Durbin
August 15, 2012 01:54 PM | 2184 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Angela Spencer
Jack McGinnis whips up a batch of his award-winning Maui Jack’s Strawberry/Banana ice cream.
Staff / Angela Spencer Jack McGinnis whips up a batch of his award-winning Maui Jack’s Strawberry/Banana ice cream.
Jack McGinnis was blessed with beginner’s luck.

In his first time effort, his Maui Jack’s Strawberry/Banana won in the fruit flavor category at last year’s Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’, a fundraiser for The Drake House in Roswell.

“Although I have supported the Drake House since its inception both directly and through my church, Roswell Presbyterian Church, this was my first time to venture out to the Miss Mary’s Crankin’ either as a spectator, ice cream eater or participant,” McGinnis said.

He entered the contest only because he was encouraged to do so by a fellow church member, Martha Greer. Another member, Colette Davis, shared instructions on how to make tasty ice cream without cranking, and then showed him how to properly “fold” the mixture to get ready for the freezing part.

“Based on the name of the event, I had visions of the sidewalks being lined with folks cranking their ice cream machines all afternoon,” McGinnis said. “That is certainly not the case. All the cranking and fixing and mixing and folding is done well beforehand. The event itself is about tasting everyone’s ice cream and hoping the official judges favor your flavor.”

Another fruit flavor that was a real crowd pleaser, McGinnis said, was Gloria’s Georgia Peach. “Our Sunday School class decorated a couple of tailgate style tents, made several other flavors and helped the Drake House have a successful event. We plan to participate again this year as a class and I am planning on continuing the “Maui Jack” tradition with at least three or four fruit flavors. “

This year’s event is Aug. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. at Roswell town square, corner of Marietta Highway and Atlanta Street. The Ice Cream Crankin’ brings together local civic, faith and business groups for an old-fashioned ice cream social with more than 140 flavors of home-made ice cream and celebrity judges to rate the best flavors.

There is live music and a Kid’s Korner. Admission is $5 for an individual and $20 for a family of up to six members.

Each year, Event Chair Karen Pye said, attendance and proceeds increase, with this year’s attendance expected to exceed 3,200 with a financial goal of $50,000. The Drake House offers short-term crisis housing, support, education and empowerment programs to single mothers and their minor children. It has served 233 families with more than 400 children.

The success of the Ice Cream Crankin’ is extremely important to The Drake House, said Executive Director Kathy Swahn. “The proceeds total almost 10 percent of our operating budget, which is funding for our program needs. It is more critical than ever this year, as we are experiencing funding cuts from several government entities.”

For information on sponsorship, ticket sales or to be involved as a Crankin’ Team, go to or call (770) 587-4712.

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