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The trophy that Joy Grdnic has commissioned for the Fountain on Locust’s “Scooperbowl” soda-jerk competition is a glorious thing. It’s an unremarkable trophy crowned with a remarkable addition: a shining, golden ice-cream scoop (see end of article)
The humble kitchen utensil gleams with a mystical power. It’s kind of awesome, just like the various names Grdnic has attached to the event. The party is being called “The Scooperbowl II: Scoops of Fire” and, erm, a “Soda Jerk-Off.”
The second annual competition that pays tribute to the particular talents of the large-forearmed individuals who scoop our ice cream happens in just a few weeks.
We’ll describe all the events scheduled for this intense hour of goofy contests in a sec, but hey, get a load of the best part: All the ice-cream treats made for the sake of competitors will subsequently be passed around for the assembled to eat, for a meager $5 entry fee. And that’s a lotta treats, man.
Fountain on Locust employees have been training to compete in contests including “Most Beautiful Banana Split,” “Most Beautiful Freestyle Sundae,” “Most World’s Smallest Cones in a Minute,” and “The Tower of Terror.” That last one rewards the soda jerk who can erect the tallest tower of scooped balls of ice cream.
Other cute distractions at the Scooperbowl include “three gorgeous glamour girls arriving in a limo, doing a choreographed dance routine, and presenting the scoops to the competitors,” said the effervescent Grdnic. There will also be an emcee, a color commentator, a referee, and a fire-eating dancing girl.
Drink specials include the "Plum Crazy for the Scooperbowl" ice cream martini ($6) with proceeds going to Doorways.
This year’s Soda Jerk-Off will be better than last year’s, added Grdnic. “Last year there were too many rounds and competitors, so we’re making this year shorter and designed to move a little faster. We’ll also have a large-screen TV to simulcast the action so people can really see what’s happening behind the counter. It’ll be like the ‘Jumbotron.’”
The contest, inspired by the now-ubiquitous bartending contests, may be in jest, but it does recognize certain talents.
“A lot of people want to be soda jerks and not everyone can do it,” said Grdnic. “It requires focus, accuracy, dexterity, and stamina. We all have our scoop arm, which has a bigger muscle than the other arm!”
The Scooperbowl II: Scoops of Fire
Sunday, September. 15
3 to 4 p.m.
$5 suggested donation to housing charity Doorways collected at the door
The Fountain on Locust