Summer’s officially here, so let’s love $3 balsamic strawberry pops, and the calliope of ice cream trucks

It’s now OK to wear white pants, cool off with abanicos — and binge on the ice cream we spotted Sunday at a Frosty Treats truck at the annual Willow Park Summer Concert Series. Cherokee Triangle street festivals are the go-to place for frozen treats: Steel City Pops was doing big business at last month’s Cherokee Art Fair, selling $3 craft popsicles from its new store at 1021 Bardstown Road; those are balsamic strawberry ones in the photo, top.

Ice cream street vendors have been around a long time, dating to the 19th century and advances in technology and sanitation, says Town & Country magazine. This summer, however, competition is igniting violent turf wars, according to this hair-raiser in yesterday’s New York Times.

That’s why we long for more genteel times in Louisville — like 1933, and this ice cream booth at the Kentucky State Fair from the University of Louisville’s Photographic Archives:

Ice Cream booth 1933

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