In a distinction achieved by just 3 percent of American businesses, Ohio ice cream manufacturer Velvet Ice Cream celebrates its 100th birthday on May 1, 2014.
Velvet started hand crafting ice cream in Utica in 1914. Velvet Ice Cream will mark the milestone birthday with a series of announcements, specials, events and activities, beginning with the May 1 opening of Velvet's Ye Olde Mill to the public for the summer visitor season. Now run by the fourth generation of the Dager Family, Velvet has been a family owned and operated company ever since it was started by Joseph Dager 100 years ago.
The summer-long celebration of Velvet's 100th anniversary will include the launch of several new flavors and a Velvet Ice Cream cookbook, featuring recipes, history, fascinating facts and more.
Every Sunday, visitors to Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill in Utica will enjoy free entertainment, including live music and clowns. Mother's Day will feature live entertainment and free carriage rides with mom. Velvet will also commemorate its 100th birthday with a celebration on Sunday, May 26 during the annual Utica Ice Cream Festival (May 24 to 26). And on July 20, visitors can celebrate the company's favorite holiday, National Ice Cream Day, with buy one-get-one-free ice cream cones at Ye Olde Mill.
Additional events and news will be added throughout the year, with details available online at www.VelvetIceCream.com.
Founded in 1914 by Joseph Dager, four generations of Dagers have since run the company, which is located in Utica, on 25 acres of a combination of wooded countryside and rolling, pastoral farmland.
Still family-owned and operated, Velvet produces more than five million gallons of ice cream every year from its headquarters on the grounds of Ye Olde Mill.
Ye Olde Mill also houses an ice cream and milling museum, a restaurant, playground, picnic area and catch-and-release fish pond. Named by Frommer's as one of America’s 10 Best Ice Cream Factory Tours, Velvet's Ye Olde Mill welcomes 150,000 visitors each year for tours, tastings and events.
The annual Ice Cream Festival (May 24-26, 2014), group tour experiences and school learning field trips are among the many draws to Ye Olde Mill, which is open to the public May 1 to Oct. 31. Complete information about Velvet Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill is available at the website.