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I scream, you scream….. we all scream for ice cream!!

What is an ice cream crank-off, you ask? Here’s a little history of how this event began….

In 1994, Killis Melton told his son-in-law, Clyde Geer: “I’m always up for a chili cook-off, but what Texas needs in the summer is an ice cream crank-off!”  And the rest is history!

Over the years, thousands of people have enjoyed the tastes of homemade ice cream, great music, magic shows, and fun kids’ activities.

Visit our Ice Cream Freezer Museum, the largest collection of freezers in the world!

The Crank-Off has been featured on The Food Network and in American Profile Magazine in addition to the Dallas Morning News, local television and newspapers and magazines.

The coolest place to be on Independence Day, July 4th, 2020, will be at Chestnut Square for our 25th Annual Ice Cream Crank-Off & Festival. Join us for for family fun, food, entertainment, and plenty of delicious homemade ice cream. The Heritage Village at Chestnut Square will be filled with activities such as a train display, magician, balloon artist, face painter, ice cream crankers, and more!

Think you make the best home made Ice Cream? Check out our guidelines and Click the Button to Enter!

2019 – 24th Annual Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank-Off

2018 – 23rd Annual Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank-Off

2017 – 22nd Annual Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank-Off


Tues, Thurs & Friday 9am - 3pm
Village Tours: Thursday and Saturday at 11am

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315 S. Chestnut Street McKinney, TX 75069