Ice cream summit

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Taylor Duncan, 5, discovered this year that “The ice cream cone was invented in 1904 at the (World’s) Fair in St. Louis — along with cotton candy, burgers and hot dogs.

“The (ice cream) guy ran out of bowls and asked the waffle maker to make more waffles.”

She was sitting at a table Tuesday afternoon in Central Dairy with Gov. Mike Parson and Mayor Carrie Tergin, eating an orange sherbet as she explained her discovery to Parson.

Tuesday’s visit was part of a project she and her mother, Therese — who homeschools her children — developed for her kindergarten/first-grade year.

Taylor’s father, Mike Duncan, is a military policeman at Fort Leonard Wood, and the family lives in Waynesville.

“And they were talking about going to every different city in the state and learning about Missouri history,” Mike Duncan told reporters while his daughter was explaining the World’s Fair history to Parson and Tergin.

“Therese and Taylor were talking about it and decided, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we tried to have ice cream with the mayors — and that would help (us) learn about the different cities throughout Missouri?'”

Her father said Taylor “has learned a lot about the overall state, the flag, the governor — and how everything has come to be, to this day.”

On Tuesday, Taylor’s group included both parents, sister Emma, 3, and brother Carter, 5 months.

And whose idea was it to have these trips?

“Taylor. Definitely Taylor,” Therese Duncan told the News Tribune while holding the baby and watching her two daughters on the balcony outside the governor’s Capitol office.

“At first, we were just going to try to visit some of the local mayors — but everybody that heard about it was really supportive,” Therese added. “We figured it would be a great way for us to see the state, …



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