Sticking with the same tried-and-true method they have used for years, church members will use four White Mountain two-gallon freezers, wooden tubs, salt with the just the right amount of ice and a few strong-armed youngsters to create eight gallons of the tasty treat.
"It's a tradition that we have the old-style hand-cranked ice cream. In the good old days everyone had ice cream freezers, but over the years the church had to buy its own," Mary Egloff said during a break while making the base mixture for the ice cream freezers with her husband Ernie. "At first we started out with just ice cream and pie, but over the years we gradually created a full menu. There's nothing diet about this menu."
The menu, which consists of recipes supplied by past and present church members known for cooking their specialties, includes homemade items like barbecue and pimento cheese sandwiches and old-fashioned chilidogs among other various salads and desserts.
"In recent years we've added strawberry shortcake to the menu with great success," Egloff said.
Eating a bowl of homemade ice cream on a hot August evening while surrounded by friends, according to Egloff, is a reminder of the good old-fashioned days and a forgotten art form.
"We've thought about providing entertainment over the years, but having music would be too loud," Egloff said. "People like to sit and visit, they enjoy talking to each other."
The fundraiser has helped the church maintain the church building, purchase new appliances and implement some local community programs over the years. This year the funds will help cover the cost of a replacing the old handicap ramp for the church.
"We started small, but it just kept getting bigger and bigger. It's a lot of hard work," Egloff said.
"But, when our young church members work with our older members, we always have great food, fellowship and fun while seeing many old friends and meeting new residents in the area."