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LAS CRUCES - America’s favorite summer treat -- "ice cream" -- is the star of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s most popular event of the summer. More than 1,300 people attended the event last year.

The 13th-annual Ice Cream Sunday is set for 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 17th, which happens to be National Ice Cream Day.

Admission is $5 for adults | $4 for senior citizens | $3 for children ages 4 to 17.

"No passes for this event"

The event’s first 600 paying visitors will receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard, which will be served at the Museum throughout the afternoon.

The popular annual ice cream sandwich eating contest and race is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM, with registration beginning at 12:00 PM. Only those who sign up will be allowed to compete and there will be a limited number of participants. The age categories for the contest are: 4-6 | 7-10 | 11-13 | 14-17 | 18-and-over. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

Families and individuals may make their own ice cream by rolling tin cans or using plastic bags. Living history characters will host a fun room that features old-fashioned games such as marbles, jacks and croquet. There will also be indoor golf putting.

An ice cream maker powered by an old engine will be doing demonstrations and providing treats, and the Museum also will have a plant sale as part of the day.

There will be more shade provided this year at this fast-growing event, but everyone is encouraged to bring hats and/or umbrellas.

Aside from Caliche’s Frozen Custard, major sponsors include the Southwest Dairy Farmers, GH Dairy and the Friends of the Museum. Other sponsors include Peter Piper Pizza, Wet N' Wild, Walmart, Red Hawk Golf Course, Chuck E. Cheese, Kohl’s, Allen Theatres and Village Inn.

For More Information: Contact: Craig Massey (575) 522-4100, ext. 101

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New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

[vc_empty_space height="12px"][vc_single_image image="14967"][vc_empty_space height="12px"]The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 47 acres packed with real stories about real people.

The interactive museum, which has welcomed visitors from all over the world, brings to life the 4,000-year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico.

The enormous main building contains more than 24,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with catering space for meetings and events, a mercantile and theater.

Fun and learning go hand in hand as visitors stroll along corrals filled with livestock, enjoy several gardens or watch one of our growing number of demonstrations.

We retrieve memories for some visitors, educate others and provide a fun-filled day for everyone.

The museum is part of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, N.M.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens (60 and over), $3 for children ages 4 to 17 and $2 for active U.S. military and veterans. Children under 4 and museum members with a card are admitted free of charge. These admission rates may be changed for special events.

The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday and from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.

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