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Jackson Zoo to Host Blue Bell Ice Cream Social

Posted on July 7, 2022

For Immediate Release:

July 6, 2022
Tickets available for Jackson Zoo’s Blue Bell Ice Cream Social 
(Jackson, Miss.) – Tickets are now on sale for the Jackson Zoo’s Blue Bell Ice Cream Social. The Jackson Zoo family is excited to be able to offer a larger-scale ice cream event with plans to bring the safari back in 2023. Proceeds will go to needed zoo renovations, but the celebration will also honor our local veterans, military, and first responders. 
The social will take place at the Jackson Zoo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16. 
A long list of activities is included with admission and provided by Visit Jackson: Discovery Encounters with JZKeepers AAZK Chapter, antics with Inky the Clown, SnapHappy face painting, Bounce-A-Roo water slide and inflatables, free watermelon and cotton candy with ZAPP (while supplies last), and the KidZone currently featuring Jackson Showboats, Skyhawks Sports Jackson, Trey Crake’s Academy of Kung Fu, Boxer’s Rebellion and the Boys and Girls Club of Central MS. 
Instead of competing for best scooper or best flavor, the Blue Bell social will consider whether vanilla or chocolate ice cream makes the better sundae. Team vanilla includes popular Blue Bell flavors Homemade Vanilla, Cookies n’ Cream, Birthday Cake, and Happy Tracks. Team chocolate includes Dutch Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Rocky Road, and Triple Chocolate. The wild card? Orange sherbet for non-dairy visitors. The sundae bar will be available for those wishing to personalize their flavor choices with extra goodies. 
“Celebrity” scoopers this year are some of our local U.S. veterans, and:
  •  U.S. Army Jackson Recruiting
  •  US Navy Talent Acquisition Group of New Orleans
  •  Jackson Veterans Center
  •  Jackson Police Department
  •  Sgt. Arp from the Port Gibson Police Department
  •  Hinds County Sheriff’s Department
  •  Warren County Sheriff’s Department
  •  Jackson Fire Department
  •  5th Squad Veterans Service 
“Pro” volunteers from the following organizations will assist our servicemen and women. 
  • 107 Kixie/WJMI
  • Mississippi Free Press 
  • Clinton Courier
  • Canton News
  • WJTV
  • WAPT 
  • Bday 99.1 Back in the Day Jams
  • B92.1 Boss Country
  • 97.7 the Beat of the Capitol
  • 99 Jams 
  • Magic 104 
Tickets are regular admission ($8 & $5) plus a $5 Blue Bell Social pass:
Humans 13 years old and up are $13
Humans aged 2-12 years are $10
Humans under 2 years old are free
Tickets can be purchased online at

Currently, all credit or debit card purchases must go through the website. The Admissions window and Gift Shop are now CASH ONLY while on the grounds. Credit/debit purchases are made using PayPal, but those without PayPal accounts may sign on as a guest.

The Jackson Zoo would like to remind residents it remains open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 
The Jackson Zoo family looks forward to your visit!
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