Kline's marks 75 years with community bash

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Kline's Dairy Bar marked 75 years of serving cold treats to the Shenandoah Valley with a celebration for the community on Sunday.

The long for free ice cream was long, but customers said it was worth the wait.

"It was a thrill to see everybody here and just such an honor," said Kim Arehart, the Owner of the Waynesboro location. "Just really tickled that everybody loves Kline's and the support that they've given us. This was really a customer appreciation party."

Kline's had a variety of free entertainment for families at Turner Pavillion in Harrisonburg, including cornhole boards, a bounce house for children and face painting.

But the main attraction was what made the business a staple for so many years — the ice cream.

"I love ice cream, especially on a hot day like this," said Robin Meadows, a fan of the chain. "(Kline's is) just really rich and creamy."

Kline's was founded in 1943 by John Kline in Downtown Harrisonburg.

Missy Summers, who started as a part-time ice cream scooper for Kline's nearly 25 years ago, is now the general manger at one of the Harrisonburg locations.

"It's really exciting to see all the girls over the years, our staff, the growth, even the customers," Summers said. "JMU has played a big role in it."