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Sparky's opens for the season

Monday, February 25, 2008 | 6:51 p.m. CST; updated 11:49 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008
Bryce Youmans, 6, watches closely as his shake is being prepared. Ann Youmans took her sons Bryce and Louis to Sparky's on Monday, which was the first day of the season at the homemade ice cream store in downtown Columbia.

Sparky's, a homemade ice cream store on Ninth Street in Columbia, opened its doors for the first day of ice cream season Monday.

The statue of Sparky faces the front door as a customer enters to buy ice cream on the first day of the season. Sparky's made its season opening on Monday.
Placed on the sidewalk along with its metal water container with water in it, the statue of Sparky, an 11-year-old bulldog that inspired the name of the homemade ice cream store, looks so realistic that sometimes passersby react to it.
Tim Havens, Stephanie Carpenter and Emily Friedman, from left to right, enjoyed their ice cream on Monday, the first day of the season at Sparky's, the homemade ice cream store on Ninth Street. The statue of Sparky on the sidewalk welcomes customers.

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