60 years and counting: Chaffee Drive In opens for new season

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream.

We have the scoop on a historic ice cream shop opening up for the 2019 season on one of the coldest days of the year.

The Chaffee Drive In opened for business on Monday, March 4, continuing a 60-plus year tradition.

Below freezing temperatures didn’t stop hundreds of folks from lining up to get a Storm or a dipped cone on opening day.chaffee drive in

If you ask the locals, ice cream is always a good idea no matter what the temperature is outside.

“I would come in snow,” Audrey Greer said.

She hasn’t missed an opening day in about 37 years.

It’s a family tradition to return each year.

“When you grow up in a small town this is like what you do,” Greer said.

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(Source: The Chaffee Drive In)

Owner Laura Estes says the Chaffee Drive In opened in the 1950s under the name Dairy Queen.

Her parents took over the operation in the 70s, and then she bought the ice cream shop in 2007.

Estes says its a true family business.

You could say they all scream for ice cream.

“My sister works here, my daughter works here, my son, my other daughter have worked here,” Estes said.

She believes the history of the drive-in keeps people coming back year after year.

“I think a lot of people don’t mind to stand in the line and come is because they did it when they were a kid,” Estes said. “And it’s just nostalgic and they let their kids do it too.”

The cherry on top: you have now until the last Sunday in September to see what this local hot spot is all about.

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