I was a pig at Farrell's

@dawnald (84131)
Shingle Springs, California
April 16, 2010 5:54pm CST
As somebody reminded me on here today, one of the fun places when I was growing up was Farrell's ice cream parlor. They used to have these huge party ice cream bowls called zoos with 20 some odd flavors of ice cream in them and I don't remember how many toppings. And they carried them on a pallet and ran through the restaurant making all kinds of noise with horns and drums. Or you could have a concoction called a trough that had maybe 12 scoops, I don't remember. If you ate one, they would give you a ribbon that said "I made a pig of myself at Farrell's". I still have mine somewhere in a box. I had a collection of the little plastic animals that they put on the ice cream sundaes, but my brother gave them all away to a friend. Farrell's went out of business in the 80's, but I hear they are coming back. Hope it works out. It was a fun place!
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@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
17 Apr 10
oh wow such nice memories. I think I can dust off some of mine from back in my country.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Apr 10
like?
• United States
18 Apr 10
I used to visit this store where they would make home made ice cream and kind of knew when to be there so I could get fresh ice cream LOL, would also make my own too at home from fresh drinks.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 May 10
sounds pretty good to me!
@hexeduser22 (5854)
• Philippines
13 May 10
Wow that was nostalgic(did I use the word right?) Anyway I'm sure that Farrell's was a good place for kids. I'm not a fan of Ice creams but I do eat it and like it. I just cannot handle eating too many ice creams
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 May 10
send me your chocolate ice cream!
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• Philippines
14 May 10
Do you want it with cones or you will provide your own cup?
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 May 10
cup
@much2say (38813)
• United States
17 Apr 10
If you're ever out this way, there's one near Six Flags (about 10 minutes east of it). It's hidden away in the hills, and a lot of people still don't know about it (I don't know how long it's been there). It's attached to a Mountainasia (a mini golf course/go kart/arcade fun place). It's not as old fashion nostalgic as I remember Farrells to be like, but hey, it's a Farrells! Now when I was a kid, my parents didn't take us to Farrell's (perhaps they didn't really know about it) . . . and after my teens I only went there a couple times. There was one right across from us at my first "real" job . . . so on occasion we would get lunch from Farrells. They had a yummy reubens sandwich . . . and I remember their criss cross fries! When I think of Farrells, I think of this dumb "date" I had there. That's another discussion!! Oh and I remember those giant drums they'd beat while singing the happy birthdays! So if you're ever out this way and can get to Farrells, you can make a pig of yourself again - hee hee!!!!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Apr 10
ah good old Magic Mountain... We took the son of one of my mom's friends to Farrell's. The kid wouldn't eat his lunch because we had ordered him a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger. Fun, fun...
@much2say (38813)
• United States
18 Apr 10
Yes, Magic Mountain (just thought it was PC to say Six Flags - hee hee). Just curious, did you ever go to the one in Northridge (though it doesn't exist anymore)?
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 Apr 10
Something really needs to be done about those huge Yank portions! Only joking my friend. You are quite right, Farrell's does seem like a fun place to be. Can I come if a new one opens in your area?
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Apr 10
Absolutely, but we're going to have to share the trough! I don't think I can do one by myself any more!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 Apr 10
Oh my I can't wait! I love ice-cream!
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 10
Lol Dawn It is nice though to keep things like that for Memories like that I am not that keen on Ice cream so I would not have got one of those lol
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Apr 10
There's always room for ice cream!
@Orea15 (281)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I remember Farrells! They were fun. They also had a sub sandwich called a Gastro-something. And they did the carry it in on a pallet thing if you ordered a whole one. We always just ordered a "mini-Gastro" for the two of us, but once they got it wrong and delivered the big lollapalooza with all the fanfare. Embarrassing! Especially when we had to send it back. But that was one goooood sandwich! Thanks for the memories.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Apr 10
I guess I was too much into the ice cream :-)
@Wizzywig (7859)
17 Apr 10
Wow, that does sound like a fun place to go. I bet everyone wanted to go there for their birthday treat regardless of how old they were
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Apr 10
Except maybe parents who had an aversion to noise!
@GardenGerty (98163)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I remember going to someplace like that, when I lived in California as a Navy wife, but I do not recall the name. Farrell's is not ringing a bell. We only went once that I remember. I know those kinds of memories are fun.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Apr 10
For a while there it was THE place for birthday parties...
@vandana7 (63805)
• India
17 Apr 10
Hi Dawn, I dont know anything about Farrell's. Just came to say hello to you. :) But nice to know ice cream parlor is coming back. Wish it had come back last year. I cant eat it. :( New year's resolution. :(
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Apr 10
Hi! :-)
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
17 Apr 10
Here in Minnesota we have Bridgemens and they had the same thing....called a Lalapaloosa! Twelve scoops and if you could eat the whole thing it was free I believe....they don't have their ice cream stores anymore....but still sell their ice cream and it's very very good!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Apr 10
I don't remember it being free, probably wasn't!