Governor Matt Blunt recently signed a bill proclaiming the ice cream cone as the official dessert of Missouri. Passage of this legislation officially and permanently preserves the historic and economic importance of the world-renowned ice cream cone.
Since the ice cream cone's official world debut at the 1904 World's Fair held in St. Louis, Missourians have continued to play a significant role in the development of the ice cream cone. The University of Missouri - Columbia is home to one of America's most respected ice cream research and development facilities.
Thursday, Aug. 28, will mark the official effective date of the Ice Cream Cone Bill. Coffee Cartel, located at #2 Maryland Plaza in St. Louis, and Edy's will host the official kick-off event celebrating the ice cream cone as Missouri's official dessert. Free ice cream cones will be provided between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Missouri Dairy Association executive director Dave Drennan provided a written endorsement for the bill and testified at committee hearings in support of the Ice Cream Cone Bill. "People have forgotten that the ice cream cone was introduced here in Missouri; so it is more than fitting to recognize this event," he said.