Dustin and Emily Spayde and their three-year-old daughter, Ruth, eat ice cream in front of the MAFES Sales Store on Friday. The store celebrated National Ice Cream Day by giving free ice cream to anyone in the MSU community.

Anyone in the Mississippi State University community had the opportunity to get a sweet treat for free Friday when the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) Sales Store celebrated National Ice Cream Day.

Throughout the day, MSU students, faculty and staff could come to the MAFES Sales Store on campus to receive a free cup of MSU-made ice cream. Flavors available included chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate almond, muscadine ripple, butter pecan and cookies n’ cream.

“We are giving free ice cream to Mississippi State staff, faculty and students,” said MAFES Store Manager Troy Weaver.

Weaver said the MAFES Sales Store had celebrated National Ice Cream Day for at least three years.

“What better way to spend this hot July day than by having some Mississippi State ice cream,” Weaver said.

Weaver said the free ice cream brought more people into the store and allowed the MAFES store to promote itself to people who might not have known of it otherwise.

“We just want to reach out to the people who may not know about us,” Weaver said.

In addition to ice cream, the MAFES Sales stores sells an array of other MSU products including cheeses, meats, fresh eggs and muscadine products.

“It’s just a way to educate our students on the dairy process, and for us to put out our product at Mississippi State,” Weaver said.

Weaver said his personal favorite flavor of MSU ice cream was cookies n’ cream.

“I’m an Oreo fan, so I really like the cookies in the vanilla base ice cream,” Weaver said.

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, National Ice Cream Day was declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The day falls officially on the third Sunday of July. July is also recognized as National Ice Cream month.

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