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Ice cream maker opens new visitor experience

Courtesy Turkey Hill Experience

Turkey Hill Experience, a new tour attraction in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, opened in early June, highlighting the ice cream – making process and history of one of the nation’s top dairies. The dairy anticipates it will attract more than 250,000 visitors a year.

The Turkey Hill Experience features 26,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, a cafe, and retail space. Nine large interactive exhibit areas will allow visitors to learn more about Turkey Hill’s history, Lancaster County’s rich agricultural heritage, and how the dairy’s top-selling ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and created. Visitors will also have the chance to participate in interactive exhibits, such as creating their own ice cream commercials and naming ice cream.

“My family’s dairy has been operating here since 1931, so we have 80 years of great stories to tell,” said Turkey Hill president Quintin Frey.  “Making ice cream and iced tea has always been a lot of fun. By also showcasing the science, technology, and mechanics about how our products are made, we can provide a great learning experience and a great time to all of our visitors.”

To preserve Lancaster County farmland and cultural traditions, the Turkey Hill Experience is housed in what was once the Ashley & Bailey Silk Mill, which had been vacant for more than 25 years.