Homemade ice cream and more on offer this Saturday

The annual Zoar United Methodist Church Ice Cream Festival will be held on Saturday, July 1, at 4 p.m., featuring homemade ice cream, as well as other desserts, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken-salad sandwiches and more.

The ice cream is made at the church by church members. Eight flavors — including traditional fruit flavors, chocolate and vanilla — will be available at this year’s festival, said church member Bonnie Hall. The ice cream can be purchased by the quart or cup or as an ice cream sandwich.

The festival, which is run by church members, usually draws between 50 and 100 people, but Hall said the turnout varies by year. Profit from the festival is put toward the church’s general fund, and the event usually runs until about 6 p.m., she said.

The ice cream festival started as a family social event because many families belong to the church. The summer festival has been going on for years, Hall said.

“We usually make a good profit, but we do [the festival] mostly for the community and the people who make the ice cream,” she said.

The event is one of several special events the church puts on each year. In addition to the festival, the church will hold an outdoor service on Sept. 17, and its men’s group will host Peas & Dumplings Dinners in October and January to raise money for needy families.

Zoar United Methodist Church holds services on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact Bonnie Hall at (302) 934-7221. Zoar is located at 24463 Gravel Hill Road, Millsboro.