Florida State Fair ice cream vendor has been serving sweet treat for 47 years

Ellen Snyder has been serving ice cream for as long as she can remember.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida State Fair is fun and games for most, but it’s also a livelihood for hundreds of vendors.

The Barbie Original Ice Cream Shoppe is on wheels and never in the same place, but it’s been a stable job for one Ruskin woman for 47 years.

Ellen Snyder has been serving ice cream for as long as she can remember.

“My county fair in New York, I was 13 years-old when I started working for them and I started working in the nut sundae stand.”

Fast forward to 2017 and there’s not a thing she would change.

“I’ve always been told you have to be happy at your job, I’m very happy at my job.”

The stand has a lot of history. The Wilson family invented and patented the walking nut sundae cone.

It’s a big seller up north, where the business started and they’re pleased to bring it to the south.

“It’s a staple. If it wasn’t a staple, we wouldn’t be here.”

Another big seller, a bright twisty cone with three different flavors of ice cream.

Snyder said she serves between 500-to-600 people a day at the fair.  This week, she’s happy to call the Florida State Fair her home base.

“It’s nice to be back home. We’re home for six months out of the year before we leave again, so you just enjoy the fact that you’re close and you can go back and forth and you don’t have to travel with your trailer.”

RELATED: 2017 Florida State Fair: What to Know Before You Go


>> back to WFLA.com for more top stories


WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s