On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of one of St. Louis’ iconic images – the larger-than-life ice cream cone at Mesnier Primary School!
Featured in countless news stories, selfies and pop art images, the giant ice cream cone was dedicated at Mesnier Primary on Oct. 14, 1993, after being salvaged from the former Velvet Freeze location in Affton.
“We are so excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Mesnier Ice Cream Cone! We know it’s kind of a big deal,” said Dr. Steve Brotherton, superintendent. “Bringing the ice cream cone here was certainly a community effort. Thanks to the support of the Affton community, we have worked hard over the past few years to renovate and update the inside of Mesnier Primary School to be as joyful and fun as the outside of the school. We should be proud of our efforts and the opportunities available to our youngest learners.”
Joined by Bob Burns, Missouri state representative and Affton alum, Patrick Dolan, St. Louis County Councilman, Brotherton, superintendent, Dr. Travis Bracht, assistant superintendent, and members of the Affton Board of Education, the crowd included students — both current and alumni, teachers, and community members. The celebration kicked off with the Mesnier Mini Singers performing the Ice Cream School Song, followed by free ice cream, tours of the school and ice cream art and schoolwork outside of each classroom, as well as a video and memorabilia from the 1993 dedication.
Our thanks and sincere appreciation go to Mr. and Mrs. Leeper and Dairy Queen at Gravois and Mackenzie for donating dilly bars for the celebration, as well as Al Eckert for his historical knowledge and donating the video and memorabilia to share with the community.
Click here to see our photo album from the 25th Anniversary Celebration!