If you need to beat the heat, you can go for a frozen treat at one of two snow cone stands that have opened for the summer season in Newton.
Chilly Goat Shaved Ice
Chilly Goat Shaved Ice opened for business last week in the parking lot of Heartland Credit Union, 2201 S. Kansas Rd. in Newton. The red barn structure will soon be adorned with a goat silhouette on its roof.
The stand is being operated by the Smith siblings — Teagan, 15; Tayton, 13, and Tavian, 9.
"It's for a college fund for all of us," Tayton explained.
Each member of the independent operation has their own strengths; Tayton enjoys talking with customers, Tavian likes to operate the ice shaving machine and Teagan has a flair for mixing flavors.
"I want to go to culinary art school," Teagan said.
Customers can choose from more than 50 flavors ranging from more exotic options like chocolate and licorice to the traditional fruity choices like strawberry and peach.
"I think it's pretty cool because I get lots of snow cones whenever I want," Tavian said.
Teagan noted if sales are strong this year, they may add more items — like coffee — to the menu next year.
Chilly Goat Shaved Ice plans to be open at least until school starts in the fall. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Sno Cone Pro
Sno Cone Pro, which has served Newton and made appearances at special events in the area for eight years, moved to a new location this summer.
For the past three years, Josh Pugh has been running the snow cone stand with assistance from his wife and children.
"I never would have seen myself doing this...but it's been a lot of fun," Pugh said.
Sno Cone Pro is now open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday at 613 N. Meridian in Newton.
Nestled underneath a large awning, the stand will be able to remain open on rainy days.
"It helps keep the trailer cooler inside; it's been nice. A lot of people have had good things to say about having the awning," Pugh said.
Pugh plans to add picnic tables for customers so they can slurp up their snow cones on site.
"I have a lot of kids that come regularly," Pugh said.
What sets Sno Cone Pro apart from traditional snow cone stands is the ice that is used.
"Not everybody uses the same style of shaver; there are a lot of different ones," Pugh said. "This one makes a fluffier snow."
Sno Cone Pro's flavors come from suppliers in New Orleans.
"I don't know what it is about their flavors, but they seem to be better," Pugh said. "They're a little more expensive, but they're worth it, so we stick with that."
The stand offers more than 30 flavors and customers can also choose to add whipped cream in layers or on top of the snow cone.
Tiger's blood — a mixture of watermelon, strawberry and coconut — is the most popular flavor.
Pugh created the "Shark Attack" snow cone in honor of Shark Week and the concoction proved so popular that it is now a staple item.
"We have a blue flavoring and then we put tiger's blood — a little red — in the middle and we have a gummy shark and Sour Patch Kids," Pugh said. "We were just going to do it for shark week and it stuck, so we do it all the time now."
Time will tell if this year's "Shark Attack" sales will top last summer's record of going through 40 pounds of gummy sharks.
"We're very fortunate. We've got a lot of loyal customers," Pugh said.
For more information about Sno Cone Pro or Chilly Goat Shaved Ice, visit their Facebook pages.