The Alber family is pleased to announce that the Union Dairy, located at 126 E. Douglas St. in downtown Freeport, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this summer, June 20-22nd.
Thursday, June 19th, they will be honoring seniors in the community. Nursing home residents are invited to the parlor for a soda jerk presentation and a free ice cream sundae.
On Friday beginning at 5 p.m. there will be live music in the parking lot with Jimmy Fred and the Flames followed by Back Country Roads. Freeport Downtown Development is hosting a beer garden and Union Dairy will have food available.
Saturday at 4 p.m. there is a car show. There will be a costume contest for the drivers and their passengers, by era of their vehicle.
On Sunday there will be a Dairy Days Parade at noon in downtown Freeport. Those interested in having a float should contact the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 815-232-3186. The Union Dairy will also host a family day from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce house, obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, games, face painting, caricatures and much more. ‘One More Time’ past employees can sign up to scoop alongside current soda jerks. The Freeport Art Museum will sponsor an art contest. Artists will display their artwork all weekend and with the opportunity to vote for your favorite.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be horse drawn carriage rides that give a history presentation. See the Union Dairy website for specific times and cost. They are also planning to giveaway a refurbished 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT that will be on display beginning in May.
The Hampton Inn will feature a special rate for overnight guests. They can be reached at 815-232-7100.
The Union Dairy opens again for the season March 1st. They are open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.