Antique John Deere engine powers free ‘Ice Cream Social’

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Antique John Deere engine powers free ‘Ice Cream Social’

By Kathy Chouteau

How do some free ice cream and a little socialization sound after hibernating for more than a year? Emmett Zediker of Emmett’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream is planning this sweet treat for Rich City residents at his aptly named “Emmett’s Ice Cream Social” Sun., May 2 at 2 p.m. at 265 15th St. in Richmond.

If that sounds like a pretty cool deal, Zediker is sweetening it by creating his ice cream via a 1924 John Deere three horsepower hit-and-miss engine that powers an old fashioned hand-cranked ice cream maker that can make 10 gallons every 20 minutes. For Sunday’s social, he plans to serve up his ice cream until it runs out. No word yet on what flavor or flavors he’ll be serving up.

According to a video Zediker posted on Facebook, the antique ice cream maker is all part of a sweet retirement plan he’s been dreaming up since his 20s. He plans to make organic ice cream with his wonder-contraption and sell it at fairs, farmers’ markets and the like. In the video, Zediker said he’s “gonna make homemade hand-cranked ice cream for the masses.”

For more info about Emmett’s Ice Cream Social, click here