It was a family event Saturday at the Sixth Annual Freeze-Off in Fayette as children and their parents enjoyed homemade ice cream under the towering trees at the historic courthouse square. But for Kim and Dale Wayland, the term “family event” takes on a whole different meaning.
“I beat him again,” Kim Wayland said of her husband, Dale Wayland.
Kim Wayland won the Best in Show award, a new award this year, and $300 for her homemade chocolate fudge sundae. Dale Wayland had entered the contest with his peanut butter cup ice cream. There were 17 entries for homemade ice cream, with Kim and Dale Wayland entering three.
The couple enters the contest every year, and Kim Wayland thought this would be the year her husband would bring home the grand prize. In previous years, Kim Wayland has won the contest four times, twice for first place and twice for second.
Dale Wayland won second place in the exotic round while Kim Wayland took home the grand prize and a second place award in the classic division for her strawberry concoction.
“We practice all year,” Kim Wayland said. “I’m an ice cream guru. I’m sort of the Martha Stewart of ice cream.”
While there are those who make the ice cream, there must also be those who judge it — a job most people would willingly accept.
James Mauser has been an ice cream judge in the Freeze-Off for three years and said he has tasted some of the best ice cream ever at this event.
“This is just a real wonderful hometown experience,” Mauser said. “You can’t get this in a big city. It’s just like a movie.”
The historic courthouse square in the heart of Fayette held hundreds of onlookers. They sat in their lawn chairs and listened to gospel and folk music while children blew enormous bubbles and ate ice cream in the August afternoon.
“It is a real nice place to get together,” presiding commissioner of Fayette, Lowell Eaton, said. “It is a lot of hard work and volunteering, but people love it.”
The Freeze-Off wasn’t just about ice cream, however. The festival included a fiddler’s competition, an art show, a children’s treasure hunt, face painting and various bands.
After the ice cream judging, people were still waiting for their own taste of ice cream in a line that stretched to the end of the town square while the winning couple stood with prizes in hand.
Kim and Dale Wayland walked away from the show with $400. They said the money will be well spent when they travel to Jamaica for vacation next weekend.
“Four hundred isn’t bad for a weekend,” Kim Wayland said as she looked at her trophy and husband with pride.