National Ice Cream Day was celebrated by Washington, D.C. residents with the city’s longest sundae, a 100-foot long one, while they were suffering extreme temperatures on Sunday.
Gathered in D.C.’s Navy Yard, the crowd lined up to receive free tickets and then $6 general admission tickets for the event held by Ice Cream Jubilee, a local sweet shop.
The store’s founder Victoria Lai said that she wanted to organize a special celebration for National Ice Cream Day, adding that she couldn’t guess it would be during dangerous levels of heat.
“I just wanted to have a lot of fun with as many people as possible… It turns out we set the record for D.C.’s longest sundae on D.C.’s hottest Sunday,” she was quoted as saying.
— IceCreamJubilee (@icecreamjubilee) July 21, 2019
Lai was originally expecting up to 300 people to participate in the event and eat the massive ice cream at the same time, however, possibly with the help of unusually high temperatures, a larger number of attendees showed up, leading the organizers to produce additional tickets.
Lai, who said on her shop’s website that she started making ice cream in her apartment kitchen in 2009, opened Ice Cream Jubilee “to share my passion with others and encourage people to explore the pursuits that make them as happy as ice cream makes me.”
It is noted that the District does not officially have a record for the longest sundae.