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Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Thirteen-year-old Owen Dill shaves ice multiple times a day and pours a generous amount of flavor to give his customers snow cones they won’t forget.
The eighth grader said his favorite part of operating the snow cone stand is “seeing little kids come up and getting excited about getting their snow cones.”
Dill opened his snow cone stand, located at 16221 FM 268, earlier this summer after taking the supplies from his older brother, who ran a snow cone stand in the past, and cleaning out a storage building, said his mother, Nicole Dill.
Not only does her son take the time to shave his own ice, he mixes his own flavors. He ordered the concentrate and boils his own sugar water for his creations.
“We wanted him to do 10 flavors,” his mother said. “In true Owen fashion, he made 30 flavors. He doesn’t mind stepping out of his comfort zone to try a new recipe.”
Conner Keys, who has ridden his four-wheeler across the street to get snow cones several times a week over the summer, said he comes for the flavors.
His favorite is tiger’s blood with a mix of cotton candy.
“He (Owen) actually puts flavor in the snow cones,” Keys said.
Dill laughed as he heard Keys describe his snow cones.
“I’m not stingy (with the syrup),” Dill said. “We have a different variety of flavors from super sweet to super sour.”
Just like Keys’ favorite, Dill said the two most popular flavors this summer are tiger’s blood and blue coconut. But the options of flavors are almost endless.
Customers can choose from these flavors: Bahama mama, banana, black cherry, blue coconut, bubblegum, cappuccino, cheesecake, cherry, cola, cotton candy, dreamsicle, fireball, fuzzy navel, Georgia peach, grape, green apple, hurricane, lemon drop, lime, margarita, ninja turtle, pina colada, root beer, silver fox, sour apple, strawberry, strawberry daiquiri, tangerine, tiger’s blood, watermelon and wedding cake.
Dill’s snow cones are $2, and the stand is open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. most days.
Soon he will have to close up early some days for sports. He will open after school and football practice, if his homework is finished, his mother said.
“Because this summer was so hard for so many kids, I was proud of Owen for finding a way to safely interact with his friends and serve his community,” Nicole Dill said. “Owen can make anyone smile. That’s just his talent.”