For the past eight years folks have gathered at the Morgan Mill Community Center to try a variety of homemade ice cream and enjoy some hearty BBQ at The Great Freeze Off competition and fundraiser.

This year's event will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under.

Proceeds benefit the Morgan Mill Harmony Masonic Lodge, the Lingleville Masonic Lodge and the Clairette Masonic Lodge.

Harmony Lodge Secretary Keith Arterburn said they are still looking to gain more ice cream for the event and folks who are interested need to sign up and pay the $20 entry fee before 11 a.m. the day of the event.

There is a four-quart minimum for homemade ice cream with $100 cash prize for first place and White Mountain ice cream maker, $75 for second, $50 for third place and $25 and a ice cream maker for the People's Choice.

The event not only features all the homemade ice cream you can eat, but a BBQ lunch, live music and raffle.

“We will sell $2 tickets and during the course of the day we’ll draw a number for prizes,” said Harmony Lodge Master Johnnie Hutchins. “Right now I’ve got a 30-minute massage from Melissa Koonsman and then Star Arms gave me a couple of Yetis.”

A blood drive will also be set up on site with Carter BloodCare for those who would like to help give the gift of life by donating.

“I like the fellowship and the ice cream of course,” Arterburn said. “It’s just kind of old-fashioned fun and we can slow down and enjoy the day. It’s a neat little community, an old community, for people who haven’t been there.”

Hutchins added, “It’s a fun event that brings everybody together and it helps out three lodges.”

The Great Freeze Off was started by David Spindor and has been going strong ever since.

To register for the homemade ice cream contest or for more information contact Arterburn at 817-875-6098 or email info@thegreatfreezeoff.org.