Rainy summer a challenge for ice cream business

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WICHITA, Kansas – Oliver Edson is an ice cream truck driver for Frosty Treats in Wichita.

“We’re thinking we’re gonna have another drought, and we’re getting poured down on rain.”

A rainy summer was his first challenge.

“When it’s raining, yeah, we are kinda down,” says Oliver.

It didn’t totally wash away his business.

“Shortly after the rain comes and goes, we get sales,” says Oliver. “The only time we don’t get sales is if it’s really really hot out.”

Now kids are back in school.

Another challenge that doesn’t stop Oliver from selling up to $300 of ice cream on a slow day.

“That’s the thing we gotta keep in mind. It may be slow one day, but it’s gonna be busy the next,” remembers Oliver.

He encourges students to do well in school with a free tasty treat.

“I like seeing the kids smile.”

It runs in Oliver’s family.

His dad used to drive an ice cream truck in California and took Oliver along.

“With those two days, I rode with him. It just got on my heart that’s what I wanted to do for a little while, and this year was a opportunity to do that,” says Oliver.

Oliver says some of his busiest days are cloudy days, noting that on hot sunny days he gets hardly any business at all.

He says his customers don’t like heading out in the heat.

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