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YOUNGSTOWN — It’s unlikely that Jeff and Lori Pezzuto thought of a hit song that rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis made popular in 1957, but they did their part to make sure it caught on. lots of things going on.

“I like Handel’s and Dairy Queen. I (also) like cherry vanilla, my favorite,” Liberty’s Lori said when asked about her favorite types and locations of ice cream.

The couple also spent time continuously shaking clear bags of liquid and solid ingredients which, after several minutes, solidified into vanilla ice cream.

The “trembling zone” was among the attractions that were a regular part of the four-hour National Ice Cream Day open house Sunday afternoon at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., downtown.

“I like chocolate, pretty simple,” added Jeff Pezzuto.

The event celebrated the birth of the Good Humor bar and the 100th anniversary of Klondike products from Youngstown-based Isaly’s. Many varieties of frozen treats were available at the gathering.

In October 1921, Harry B. Burt, who had come to Youngstown in the early 1890s, acquired the building that houses the Tyler History Center, then opened a new confectionery business on April 4, 1922, to sell the Good Humor bars he had invented, as well as sweets and other treats. Before naming the treat, Burt called the product “a new, clean and convenient way to eat ice cream” after his son, Harry Burt Jr., suggested adding a wooden stick to make it less “messy”.

Soon, the elder Burt acquired 12 refrigerated trucks to distribute his invention to neighborhoods around town. A bell called the children to the trucks where they bought the treats.

No truck was needed, however, to get an ice cream bar into the hands of 6-year-old Avery Givens of Youngstown, a first-grader at Volney Rogers Elementary School.

“I got this Oreo, a chocolate Oreo,” Avery said when Mahoning Valley Historical Society board member Donna Buzulencia gave it to the girl after selecting it from about five types. of Klondike products that Buzulencia offered.

Before receiving his treat, Avery had been shaking a bit, specifically spending about five minutes making his own vanilla ice cream in two plastic bags.

“It tasted like butter,” she said of the final results.

Noelle Nolker, an MVHS guide, explained that three scoops of ice cream are added to a clear bag to make the ice cream. Sugar, rock salt and vanilla are added to a smaller bag before the two are combined and shaken for three to five minutes before solidifying.

“You have to shake it really, really hard,” Nolken advised.

Colored sprinkles were among the items to add to the frozen treats.

“I used to do this all the time when I was a kid,” recalled Kelly Baer, ​​another MVHS guide. “I was in 4-H and we did it.”

Several kids had a blast making ice cream stencils in which they colored ice cream bar shapes on paper before cutting, gluing popsicle sticks and adding decorations.

Among those who showed colorful creativity were siblings Dominic, 2; Gabriel, 4 years old; Lydie, 5 years old; and Matthew Henik, 7, all of Liberty.

“I love the ice cream and we love the story. We also had our fix,” the children’s mother, Kristina Henik, who works for the Northeastern Ohio Community Alternative Program, told Warren.

Henik, who came to the area several years ago from Fort Wayne, Ind., to attend Youngstown State University, said she greatly appreciates the valley’s rich history and loves the museums in the area. region that display such a history. Henik also doesn’t lose “people’s very deep roots,” she continued.

The children’s father, Jason Henik, also took part in the festivities.

H. William Lawson, executive director of the MVHS, was among those who organized 30-minute walking tours of important downtown sites, including the former 10-story home savings and loan structure, designed by Charles F. Owsley and built in 1918 in the colonial era. revival architecture. The iconic steeple and clock remain at the top of the building, now Premier Bank.

There was also discussion of a small lot on South Hazel Street that had one of Burt’s four or five downtown candy stores that sold penny candy and other sweets.

The tours were also expected to give attendees a deeper and richer sense of what life was like in the city in the 1920s, organizers said.

Additionally, the Tyler History Center added 10 interpretive panels to give visitors a better understanding of how Burt ran his operations, as well as how James Ross, who later had the Ross Radio Co. in the building, ran his business.

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