We all scream for ice cream!

The annual ice cream eating contest at Crafts and Cones is for all ages. It's this Thursday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m.

When it's a hot summer day, nothing tastes better than cold, sweet ice cream. Have your fill at any of these Whitefish Chain favorites, and don't miss the annual ice cream eating contest!

We'll start with the contest. It's for all ages; if you can eat ice cream you can join this contest! The contest begins this Thursday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m. the contest is broken up by age groups and each contest gets a little harder the older the contestants are, but no one gets spoons. Young children can pick up their bowl and eat with their hands, but adults and older kids must leave their bowl in the table and put their whole face in the bowl. Eat your bowl faster than the others and claim your title as winner! Winners get coupons for more ice cream, and prizes are also handed out during trivia sessions between rounds.

Crafts and Cones is also a popular place for an afternoon ice cream cone, serving more Kemp's ice cream annually than anywhere else in the state. The ice cream is in the front of the store, while the rest of the store is filled with crafts made by local vendors and other great finds. Crafts and Cones also has sandwiches, coffee and lattes, and morning scones.

Crafts and Cones is located on County Road 66 in Crosslake, just north of the campground in the east side of the road.

Another popular spot for ice cream is the Chocolate Ox in Nisswa. The store is located on the main road in Nisswa, and you'll want to head to a counter in the back for ice cream. Along the way you'll be tempted by just about every kind of candy you can imagine. From taffy to retro treats to gourmet truffles, there's something there you'll like even if you never make it to the ice cream.

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention Dairy Queen, which has such delicious soft serve that you can get it at several towns around the Whitefish Chain. It's a summertime standby for a reason! Check out any of these Dairy Queens:
- In Pine River: right on Highway 371, south of the stoplights on the east side of the road.
- In Pequot Lakes: on Patriot Avenue (the former Highway 371), south of the stoplights on the west side.
- In Crosslake: on County Road 66 (the main drag) on the east side.
- In Nisswa: on Smiley Road. (Open summer only.)

On the Whitefish Chain, you'll find that sweet treats are everywhere!

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