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Mid-Atlantic region's newest visitor destination to open this spring

Turkey Hill Dairy Opens Attraction Highlighting Ice Cream Making Process and History in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

COLUMBIA, Pa. (February 7, 2011) — This spring will see the opening of the Mid-Atlantic's newest visitor destination — the Turkey Hill Experience. In Pennsylvania's popular destination of Lancaster County, the Experience will highlight the ice cream making process and history of one of the nation's top dairies. The Dairy anticipates it will attract more than 250,000 visitors a year.

The Columbia, Pa.-based Turkey Hill Experience will feature 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits created in partnership with Boston Productions Incorporated, a café, and retail space. Visitors will learn about Turkey Hill's history as well as Lancaster County's heritage and farming traditions.

In keeping with the Dairy's strong commitment to preserving Lancaster County farmland and cultural traditions, the Turkey Hill Experience will be housed in what was once the Ashley & Bailey Silk Mill, which had been vacant for more than 25 years. This adaptive land reuse project supports Turkey Hill Dairy's commitment to land preservation and economic growth in Lancaster County.

"We are so excited to share the history and heritage of Turkey Hill Dairy," said Dairy President Quintin Frey. "My family's dairy has been operating here since 1931, so we have 80 years of great stories to tell. Making ice cream and iced tea has always been a lot of fun. By also showcasing the science, technology, and mechanics about how our products are made, we can provide a great learning experience and a great time to all of our visitors."

The initial site preparations were completed by the borough of Columbia with the support of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2010. With this phase completed, Harrisburg, Pa.-based IBS Development Corporation is now conducting the official construction phase of the project.

The Turkey Hill Experience is expected to be complete by spring 2011. The address is 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA. For more information, visit

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