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Ferdinand’s 60th: Here’s the scoop

Help Ferdinand celebrate six decades and countless scoops today.

Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, the campus outlet for cheese and ice cream produced at the Washington State University creamery, is 60 years old. Festivities begin with a 9:30 a.m. ceremony, and promotions are planned throughout the day, according to a news release from WSU.

Ice cream cones will be sold for 60 cents each between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and door prizes will be given to the first 100 customers starting at 9:30. The customer who buys the 60th can of Cougar Gold cheese will go home with a special prize.

The store also will offer cans of Cougar Gold cheese, aged for three years instead of the usual one year. Cracked Pepper and Chive cheese, a variety not offered for many years will be sold. Two new ice cream flavors will be unveiled at noon, with help from the WSU mascot Butch.

According to the university, Ferdinand’s was created when WSU took over the creamery operations from the Milk House, a private dairy company that had processed milk from the school’s dairy herd and delivered milk to dining halls.

The first week in operation Ferdinand’s – which offered milk and three ice cream flavors – collected $9.42 in sales. The creamery and Ferdinand’s have grown a bit since then. Last year, it brought in more than $4.5 million from cheese, ice cream and coffee sales, according to the WSU news release.

The income pays for 11 full-time employees, about four dozen part-time student workers, one faculty member and two or more graduate students in WSU’s food and science department. More than 1,000 WSU students have trained there.

Ferdinand’s moved from its original Troy Hall location to the new, larger Food Safety Building in 1992.

But who’s counting?

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church hosts its 73rd annual Greek Dinner Festival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Church members will serve signature honey-drenched pastries, grilled souvlakia and traditional beef kapama dinners. (Also, don’t miss the Greek deli items, wine and beer, coffee and dancing. Opa!)

Pastries are sold each day starting at 11 a.m. daily. The lunch menu also begins at 11. Thursday and Friday. Dinners are served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, souvlakia will be coming off the grill starting at noon.

Tickets are $12 in advance for adults, $6 for children. At the door, adult tickets are $15.

Buy tickets at the church during festival preparations, 1703 S. Washington St.; City Ramp Parking Garage, 430 W. First Ave.; Santorini Greek Restaurant, 112 N. Howard St.; Arger Real Estate, 300 N. Mullan Road, Suite 204; The Olympia Restaurant, 301 E. Lakeside, Coeur d’Alene; and Highlands Day Spa, 4365 Inverness Drive, Post Falls.

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