In a distinction achieved by just 3% of American businesses, Ohio ice cream manufacturer, Velvet Ice Cream, celebrates its 100th birthday on May 1. Now run by the fourth generation of the Dager Family, Velvet has been a family owned and operated company ever since it was started by Joseph Dager 100 years ago.

Velvet started hand crafting ice cream in Utica, Ohio in 1914.  It will mark the milestone birthday with a series of announcements, specials, events and activities, beginning with the May 1 opening of Velvet's Ye Olde Mill to the public for the summer visitor season.   

The summer-long celebration of Velvet's 100th anniversary will include the launch of several new flavors. In addition, a Velvet Ice Cream cookbook, featuring recipes, history, fascinating facts and more will also launch this spring.  Every Sunday, visitors to Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill in Utica, Ohio will enjoy free entertainment, including live music and clowns.  Mother's Day will feature live entertainment and free carriage rides with mom.  Velvet will also commemorate its 100th birthday with a celebration on Sunday, May 26 during the annual Utica Ice Cream Festival (May 24-26).  And on July 20, visitors can celebrate the company's favorite holiday, National Ice Cream Day, with buy one-get-one-free ice cream cones at Ye Olde Mill. 

Additional events and news will be added throughout the year, with details available online at, as well as on Twitter, @VelvetIceCream and Facebook.