The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces plays host to its 15th Ice Cream Sunday on July 15.
The Museum’s largest event of the summer – which happens to land on National Ice Cream Day — is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and admission for the event is the same as regular Museum admission: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 17. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Free passes (Culture, Library or Friends) are not part of this special event.
The first 600 people to pay admission to Ice Cream Sunday receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard to use at the Museum during the afternoon. Visitors are also invited to make their own ice cream, either using tin cans or plastic bags. Ingredients are provided and there will be eight instruction areas in the Museum courtyard.
The popular annual ice cream sandwich eating races are scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., with registration from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Only those who sign up will be allowed to compete and there will be a limited number of participants. The age categories for the races are: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, and 18-and-over. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each division.
Living history characters from the 1950s and ‘60s will host a fun room that features old-fashioned games such as marbles, jacks and croquet. The Museum will also have a plant sale, offering many types of plants grown in the Museum’s greenhouse.