Dairy Queen celebrates 75th "fanniversary" with free ice cream

This Monday, March 16 marked the death of spring break, as students piled into cold classrooms forced to learn information while sunshine and 70 degree weather waited outside.

Monday also happened to coincide with Dairy Queen's celebration of its 75th 'fanniversary', named after the company's loyal fans, as the restaurant's workers swirled out free vanilla ice cream cones all day.

The event that was promoted in the store and on Dairy Queen's website and social media quickly caught people's interest as Instagram filled with photos of smiling ice cream lovers who escaped the classroom for a bit.

Junior Josh Forakis was one of these eager eaters.

'They gave me a dipped cone for free, so all in all I'd say it was a meaningful and worthwhile experience,' Forakis said.

As far as meaningful goes, Dairy Queen had this covered. According to their website, Dairy Queen  also celebrated the 'fanniversary' by collecting donations to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

On their website, Dairy Queen says the funds help save and improve the lives of kids treated at 170 children's hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

According to their website they have raised more than $100 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities over the last 30 years.

Those who missed the free cone day shouldn't feel disappointed. Barrie Westrum, executive vice president of Marketing, said the free cones were only the beginning of the year's celebration.

"We will surprise and delight our fans year-round with food and treat innovations that they have come to expect from us," Westrum said. "We're extending the celebration beyond Free Cone Day because it's about more than just one day. It's about the people that have been making the Dairy Queen brand a part of their lives for almost a century."

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