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Rita’s, Dairy Queen to kick off spring with freebies

York Dispatch
  • Local Rita's and Dairy Queen locations will celebrate the start of spring on March 20.

Though winter only made a few appearances this year, the official start of spring is still two weeks away.

Rita's, on Loucks Road, gives patrons free Italian Ice in celebration of the First Day of Spring in York, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Rita’s top five most popular Italian Ice flavors are mango, cherry, cotton candy, Swedish Fish and lemon. Dawn J. Sagert photo

When the season of rebirth does arrive, local Rita’s and Dairy Queen locations will be open to help celebrate.

On March 20, more than 600 Rita’s stores will mark the 25th anniversary of the franchise’s annual “First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway” by giving away more than 500,000 pounds of free Italian ice, according to a news release.

Patrons can visit any of the six Rita’s locations in York County to get their free Italian ice.

Spring blooms at Pennsylvania Garden Show of York

In addition, Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations across the country will be doling out free small vanilla soft-serve cones  March 20 for the chain’s third annual “Free Cone Day,” according to a news release.

The franchise’s restaurants also will  collect donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over the past 32 years, Dairy Queen stores have raised more than $120 million for the network of hospitals, according to the release.

Dairy Queen has three locations in York County – one in West Manchester Township, one in Springettsbury Township and one in Spring Garden Township.