One of the most beloved area traditions returns with spring today as area Rita's Italtian Ice locations give out free water ice.
The 21st Annual 1st Day of Spring Free Ice Giveaway normally draws long lines to area stores as people yearn for a taste of spring -- even if the temperatures make it still feel like winter.
“We are excited to celebrate... and invite our fans to enjoy some happiness in a cup,” said Rita’s Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Fornaci.
Rita's is also taking to social media this year asking water ice fans to post "First Taste of Spring" photos to the company's Instagram (@RitasIce) and Twitter (@RitasItalianIce) accounts with the chance to win a free year of water ice. Even if you miss out on free water ice you can still enter the contest since it runs through midnight Friday.
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