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Oregon Trail Days : Vintage ice cream truck a reminder of simpler times
July 17, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Melinda Magdalano and her son Tiegan bring their ice cream truck to any number of events around the area so kids can experience a fast-disappearing part of our cultural history.

People who remember ice cream trucks from their childhood will smile when they see a slice of Americana showing up at events around the community.

Melinda Magdalano of Lyman has refurbished a 1959 ice cream truck and has taken it back on the road for the first time this year.

“I used to chase the ice cream trucks in Gering when I was about 5,” Melinda said. “I wanted to bring back some of our Americana because kids today aren’t familiar with ice cream trucks. It was good memories for me and I wanted to share them.”

Melinda actually purchased the 1959 truck about 25 years ago. It wasn’t until last year she decided to restore it and get it back on the road.

With the name Coney-X-Press, the truck that Melinda called an “old timer” was at the kiddie parade during Oregon Trail Days. It also shows up at community events when people request it.

“This is the first year we’re really getting it going,” she said. “We go around the neighborhoods and love to see the kids. Even if they don’t have money, we give them something.”

She said that while making a profit is important, it takes a back seat to seeing the kids and letting them know about a special time in our history.

The Coney-X-Press has soft serve ice cream, snow cones, sundaes, root beer floats and other dairy delights to charm young and old alike.
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