Cal Ripken World Series Comes to Maine for First Time
Skowhegan, Maine – August 2, 2022 – What do ice cream and baseball have in common? As the 2022 Cal Ripken Major/60 12U World Series is about to get underway for the first time ever in Maine, you could say the combination is going to be a winning one. Maine’s ice cream company, Gifford’s, has been named the 2022 Cal Ripken World Series Ice Cream of Choice, and the local company has put on their baseball caps and created a limited-edition flavor – Graham Slam – in honor of the tournament.
“We are thrilled and proud to be part of such an exciting time for the Waterville community!” said Gifford’s Vice President of Sales, JC Gifford. “Waterville has been waiting two long years to host the World Series, and it’s going to be an incredible treat for local baseball fans to experience. We’re happy to be a part of it, and we’ll be in the stands rooting for all the young athletes but especially the four local Maine teams.”
Batter Up for a Winning Flavor
The new limited-edition flavor Graham Slam features a big hit of graham cracker ripple and chocolate coated honey crisps swinging through the creamy delicious graham-flavored ice cream. Baseball and ice cream fans can find the new the Graham Slam flavor at Gifford’s five family-owned ice cream stands located in Waterville (170 Silver Street), Auburn, Bangor, Farmington, and Skowhegan
“We hope we knock it out of the park with this flavor,” noted Gifford. “By making it available at each of our family-owned stands, everyone – even those who can’t make it out to the ballpark – can join in on the fun and excitement of this big event happening in Maine for the first time.”
Maine’s Female Athlete of the Year to Throw Out First Pitch
To add even more excitement to the Cal Ripken World Series in Waterville, Maine’s ice cream company has secured Maine’s Female Athlete of the Year and Skowhegan High School graduate, Jaycie Christopher to throw out the first pitch on Monday August 8th at the 5:30 PM game. Christopher is heading to UMaine to play basketball and made history when she was named Miss Maine Basketball and Miss Maine Softball in the same season.
Gifford’s Ice Cream is also the sponsor of the Home Run Derby set to take place on August 5, 2022, at Purnell Wrigley Field in Waterville from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. One player from each team will participate and the team with the most home runs wins.
About the 2022 Cal Ripken World Series
The 10-day World Series is hosted by the Alfond Youth & Community Center, home of the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville, and starts on August 4th with games played from August 6 to August 13 on two sanctioned Major League Baseball replica fields:
Purnell Wrigley Field in Waterville and Maine’s Fenway in Oakland. A dozen teams from across the United States, including four from Maine, will compete. More than 3,000 fans are expected to enjoy the fun, games, and festivities.
“Just like Gifford’s we are so glad the two year wait is over,” commented Ken Walsh, AYCC CEO. “The AYCC is proud to play such a huge role in growing youth baseball in Central Maine, which is made even stronger by our growing partnership with Maine’s ice cream company, Gifford’s.”
About Gifford’s HomeMaine Ice Cream
Gifford’s HomeMaine Ice Cream is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that still makes ice cream the old-fashioned way – from scratch, with fresh milk and cream from local dairy farms. Gifford’s uses antique Cherry Burrell freezers to slow churn the most delicious, creamy ice cream possible. We are ice cream made in New England for New England. The company has earned numerous international and national “First Place” and “World’s Best” awards for its premium ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet. Gifford’s is also the official ice cream of the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Maine Celtics and the Portland Sea Dogs. As New England’s ice cream, the company sells its products throughout New England and has five family-owned ice cream stands in Maine. For more information, visit www.giffordsicecream.com. Follow Gifford’s Ice Cream on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.