There were already more than 100 people lined up and seated with plates of food at 11 a.m. today at the Morgan Mill Homemade Ice Cream Freeze Off event.

Folks enjoyed a big plate of BBQ and all the homemade ice cream they could eat for just $10, which benefits the Morgan Mill, Linglevill and Clairette Masonic Lodges.

Attendees waited in anticipation after the judges — Julie Crouch Smith, Larry Smith, Russ McDanel, Wanda Pringle and Carson Loving — selected the top three ice creams winners.

The winners were: Wanda Packwood, first place with banana nut ice cream; Theresa Hutchins, second place peanut butter Reese’s; and Chris Stallon, third place with cookies and cream.

“It was an honor to participate in this fun and delicious event to benefit the Masons. The Mason are one of the oldest fraternal service organizations worldwide,” said ice cream judge Julie Crouch Smith. “Masons are known for sharing the values of our nations forefathers. Masons themselves become better men while helping to improve the quality of life for others. Our community is so fortunate to have men like these who selflessly serve us.”

Event goers were all smiles and one newcomer — Sondra Shiver who came with the Texas Masonic Retirement Home — was ecstatic to be there enjoying the company, food and snapping lots of photos to capture those memories.

“It’s great to see these (Masonic) lodges together today and everyone is so friendly,” Shiver said. “It’s like you’ve known them forever, and it’s a beautiful day for this. This is my first time here and I thought there might be around 80 people, but there are a lot more than that.”

Some great live music was also played by the Branded South Band as folks enjoyed their meals and conversation, Carter BloodCare was on-site for blood donations and several raffle tickets were drawn for a variety of prizes.

This year’s Freeze Off was organized by lodge members and coordinated by Morgan Mill’s Harmony Lodge Master Johnnie Hutchins and secretary Keith Arterburn.