Kona Ice gives out free icy treats to celebrate tax day

Published 8:10 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tax day was Tuesday, and to celebrate the end of the stress of filing taxes for everyone, Kona Ice gave out free ice cones in downtown.

LaGrange Kona Ice owner Calvin Neely said the company celebrates National Chill Out Day every tax day. He said the company has been giving out free shaved ice on tax day for three years.

“As soon as we pulled up here, we had a few people walking up and last year we did the same thing. It picks up at 12:30, 1 o’clock,” Neely said.

April 15 — the normal tax deadline — fell on Sunday. Washington, D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16, so the local holiday moved tax day to Tuesday.

The Kona Ice truck was parked outside of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Plaza. Rachel Crumbly said she was at the chamber when she heard the truck’s music and decided to get a cone.

“It is a fun surprise and a great way to celebrate that we made it to tax day, and hopefully everybody filed their taxes in a timely manner,” Crumbly said. “Now, hopefully we can look forward to the refunds.”

Neely said tax day is the only event where they give out free shaved ice.

Neely said Kona Ice is a fundraising company and participates in charitable events.

“We do a lot of fundraising with schools, like last year we gave back over $22,000 to local schools from our fundraisers at those schools,” Neely said.

Amanda Mallory said she was leaving First Presbyterian Montessori School with her daughters, Mattie and Mcrae when they saw the truck.

“I think that’s so nice of them, and it’s a really fun way to celebrate the day,” Mallory said.