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Rita's Celebrates Spring With Italian Ice Giveaway At Westchester Locations

Rita's, a chain [urveyor of Italian ices and frozen custard, will be giving away free cups of Italian ice on Monday, March 20, to celebrate the first day of spring, and its 25th anniversary.
Rita's, a chain [urveyor of Italian ices and frozen custard, will be giving away free cups of Italian ice on Monday, March 20, to celebrate the first day of spring, and its 25th anniversary. Photo Credit: Rita's of Rockland/Facebook

A purveyor of frozen goodies is hoping to awaken Hudson Valley taste buds from their long winter’s nap.

Rita’s will celebrate the first day of spring -- and the chain's 25th anniversary--  with by giving away samples of its famed Italian ices.

The event takes place from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

Guests will receive an ice in a limited-edition First Day of Spring cup.

The limit is one per guest.

There are Rita’s located at:

Westchester: Yorktown: 1881A Commerce St.; Elmsford: 330 Saw Mill River Road.

Rockland: Stony Point: 32 South Liberty Ave.; New City: 218 South Main St.

Dutchess: Wappingers Falls, 985 Route 376; Poughkeepsie: 8 Taft Ave.; Hyde Park: 864 Violet Ave., Hyde Park.

They will be encouraged to snap a photo of the treat and to share it on Instagram and Twitter using #RitasFirstDayOfSpring to enter the photo contest.

Guests who use the hashtag from March 20 through March 25 will be entered in a contest for a chance to win 25 prizes. Three Grand Prize winners will get free Italian Ice from Rita’s for a year.

Rita's expects to give away more than 1 million cups of the cold stuff.

The winners will be announced on Rita’s social media channels on March 31.

Rita’s expects to give away more than 500,000 pounds of Italian ice -- which is heavier than the Statue of Liberty -- during the annual event, according to its website.

Its most popular flavor is mango, followed by cherry, Cotton Candy, SWEDISH FISH®, and lemon.

Rita’s says it uses more than 300,000 pounds of mangoes a year.

To view the official rules, click here.

Rita’s has more than 600 stores in 33 states and five countries.

There are Rita’s located at:

  • Westchester: Yorktown: 1881A Commerce St.; Elmsford: 330 Saw Mill River Road.
  • Rockland: Stony Point: 32 South Liberty Ave.; New City: 218 South Main St.
  • Dutchess: Wappingers Falls, 985 Route 376; Poughkeepsie: 8 Taft Ave.; Hyde Park: 864 Violet Ave., Hyde Park.

For other locations, click here.

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