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Belpre Alumni Association holds annual ice cream social

Mike Carpenter shows different vintage cars to his granddaughter Kinzley Day, 4, and grandson Caspian Day, 6, Saturday in Howes Grove Park during the Belpre High School Alumni Association ice cream social and cruise-in. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

BELPRE — The Belpre High School Alumni Association held its annual ice cream social and cruise-in Saturday at Howes Groves Park after a hiatus last year due to COVID.

“We’ve got a good turn-out, and the weather has held up for us,” said Scott Church, president of the association and a 1973 Belpre High School graduate.

Hot dogs, ice cream, pies and cakes were available at the pavilion, while live music was performed and raffle prizes were awarded.

“This is our only moneymaker for us, our only fundraiser,” Church said. “What it supports is Belpre High School Alumni Association scholarships; we give out about 13 of them.”

The cruise-in attracted more than 40 cars, ranging from antique Fords, Chevrolets and Buicks to modern-day decorated sports cars. Attendees of all ages weaved through the rows of cars, admiring the exteriors and peeking inside.

A member of the Belpre High School Alumni Association scoops ice cream during the group’s annual ice cream social Saturday at Howes Grove Park. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

“I like ice cream, I like cars, and I like to talk to people, so I decided to come from Almost Heaven over here to Ohio,” said attendee Steve Workman as he sat in a lawn chair and listened to the music.

Excited children ran through the grass to grab treats while they played, and the chatter of the community echoed through the air.

“I think it’s wonderful that we are able to give back to our school and be able to give students scholarships for them to be able to further their education,” said Jackie Cassady, the vice president of the association and a 1979 Belpre High School graduate.

Jenna Pierson can be reached at jpierson@newsandsentinel.com

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Raffle prizes were available for children Saturday at the Belpre High School Alumni Association’s annual ice cream social and cruise-in. Saturday at Howes Grove Park. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

Upcoming ice cream socials in Washington County:

* Lowell/Adams: 4 p.m. Saturday

* Reno: 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24

* Oak Grove: 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7

* Barlow: Saturday, Aug. 14

Saturday’s weather was ideal for the annual Belpre High School Alumni Association ice cream social and cruise-in Saturday at Howes Grove Park. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

* Devola Fall Festival: October date to be announced

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