July 21, 2013
Some people are cooling off with a cone Sunday to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.
The "holiday" has been around since 1984, but this is the first year Dips & Sips in Albemarle County is participating.
Dips & Sips dished out 99 cent scoops to customers all day Sunday.
"Why would you not celebrate National Ice Cream Day? It just seems like a good thing," said Dips & Sips owner Kenneth Bateman. "It's a nice weekend, nice sunny day to bring the kids out and have some ice cream and just have a good time."
While some people stopped by the shop knowing they would get a deal, others were unaware they were in store for a discounted sweet treat.
"Lots of people were surprised when I rang them up for a double scoop and it was only $2.18 with tax. They're like, 'That can't be right,' and I had to explain to them it's National Ice Cream Day," said Bateman. "They're pretty happy."
Former President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day nearly 30 years ago. He also made July National Ice Cream Month.