Save the Date for our 26th Annual Big Dipper All-You-Can Eat Ice Cream Festival!

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Elm Park, Worcester
Rain or Shine

Our low, low prices for all-you-can eat ice cream and frozen yogurt (and every penny benefits Children’s Friend):

$5 for ages 10 and up     $1 for ages 4 – 9     Free for ages 3 and under

Check back for more details and read about our 2014 Big Dipper below.

The results of our “2014 Vote For Your Favorite Ice Cream Contest” are in.  Our # 1 winner was Countrytime Pink Lemonade Sorbet from Cold Stone Creamery of Millbury.

Rounding out the top ten, each of our vendors placed with one of their flavors: Hunka Chunka Peanut Butter Fudge from Friendly’s, Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel from Janine’s Frostee of Ware,  Cookie Dough from Crystal Caves of Auburn, Ice Cream Cakes from Dairy Queen Grill & Chill of West Boylston, Double Fudge Brownie from Hood, Mango Tropical Ice from Coco’s Tropical Ice of Auburn,  Peppermint Stick from Eurest Dining Services, and Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt from Turkey Hill.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and thanks for voting!

Watch Our Giant Ice Cream Cone’s Journey to the Big Dipper

Read about the Big Dipper in the Telegram & Gazette.

Thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and donators who made the 2014 Big Dipper such a huge success!  The Big Dipper will bring in over $46,000, net, to benefit the programs of Children’s Friend.  With perfect weather, delicious ice cream, and hundreds of volunteers swarming Elm Park on June 28th, all we could wish for were thousands of ice cream lovers to attend.  And attend they did – our ice cream tent was packed, and there were happy people enjoying the entertainment, Moonwalks, games, face painting, food tent, and raffle all day long.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Thanks to our generous ice cream vendors: Coco’s Tropical Ice, Cold Stone Creamery of Millbury, Crystal Caves of Auburn, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill of West Boylston, Eurest Dining Services, Friendly’s, Hood, Janine’s Frostee, and Turkey Hill.

In addition, we thank Yoga in the Park with Ivy Child, NEADS puppies in training ,  District 33-A Lions’ Sightmobile for free vision and hearing checks.The best summer reads were at the Worcester Library Bookmobile, and lots of kids and families explored the Worcester Fire Truck and fire house safety demonstrations, and got a MedStar ambulance tour.

Roaming Railroad was a huge hit! And we met a princess at the Princess Parties table.  WPI’s talented staff brought us a Robotics Demonstration. Bailey Medeiros, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA was in the park, and some of the Miss Teen Central Massachusetts pageant winners stopped by.

We were treated to great entertainment on stage all day long from Chuck & Mud, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around, New England Dance Center, Dale LePage and the Manhattans, Jay Graham, and Joy of Music.  What a cool lineup!

View the Big Dipper Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

For more on family friendly Elm Park’s location and amenities, visit Elm Park’s webpage.

To sponsor, volunteer, or donate to the 2015 Big Dipper, please contact Deb Huegel, Director of Marketing and Development at 508-753-5425 or email

The Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival has been a central Massachusetts tradition since 1989, attracting several thousand people over the years. All proceeds benefit the programs of Children’s Friend. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them. To accomplish this mission, our programs are designed to help children and families whose lives have been affected by difficulties including abuse, neglect, family instability, death, substance abuse, and mental, emotional and physical problems. We provide them with the highest quality of services designed to meet the mental and emotional needs of children and to strengthen families.


Pictures speak a thousand Big Dipper words: