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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Members of the Cedaredge Clowns added a special flavor of fun to the annual Ice Cream Social at the Stolte Shed on Saturday, especially for young Paul Duckworth of Cedaredge. Helping to spread the laughter and cheer for everyone wer

The Surface Creek Valley Historical Society hosted its annual Ice Cream Social at the Stolte Shed last Saturday. The event honored the vision and contributions of founders Herb and Retta Carson, former residents of the town.

The Ice Cream Social is one in a year-long series of community building events hosted by the SCVHS and its volunteers and more than 225 members. The society works to support the Pioneer Town Museum and events complex, and its efforts enhance and celebrate the quality of life in Cedaredge and Surface Creek Valley.

The community got behind this important fundraiser event by providing more than 70 donations of pies, cakes, pans of brownies and other dessert treats to complement the plentiful ice cream served up from giant scoops. There were root beer floats available also.

The price of admission was by a heart-felt donation to the society and Pioneer Town.

The Ice Cream Social this year had a birthday party theme to commemorate the 27th year it has been held at the Stolte. Decorations including table settings of party favors and hats and a balloon-bedecked hall accompanied star-lights strung among the Stolte's original, pioneer day rough-hewn ceiling beams. The decorations were arranged by Olie Mower, SCVHS volunteer, and Jane Everett, Pioneer Town curator.

Mower noted that Saturday's event commemorates it being held at the Stolte Shed since 1989. The ice cream social actually began 10 years earlier in 1978 and was in Town Park.

Three members of the Cedaredge Clowns troupe arrived at mid day to enliven the event with music, a sing-along of favorite summertime melodies, and with lots of smiles and good cheer.

There were 25 SCVHS volunteers who helped with the Ice Cream Social this year, organizers said. Coordinator for the event was Nick Greear.

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