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5 things you need to know about the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

There is no better way to celebrate national ice cream month than at a festival dedicated to ice cream.

Since it was founded in 2010, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival gives the community a chance to enjoy a much-loved dessert while showcasing how to live a balanced lifestyle.

This year, the festival will take place at Piedmont Park from  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to attend the event – even pets (on leashes, of course).

Here are some additional things you should know about the event:

1. More than 300 flavors will be available. After compiling a list of ice cream flavors from all vendors, spokesman Melisa Fox said there will be more than 300 different flavors for attendees to choose from.

2. The event celebrates and rewards gluttony.  There's an ice cream eating contest, friends. The only catch is that your hands must be behind your back. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, including chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Tommy Dortch and Diana Sabater, Food Network’s Chopped ultimate grand champion.

3. The festival celebrates ice cream and health. — The festival chooses a local non-profit health agency every year to raise awareness around their health and wellness plans and initiatives. This year, the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority will have a wellness booth and offer free health screenings all day. It will also have a Grady baby celebration in which the first 500 babies can receive a free t-shirt.

4. The festival’s 2016 health initiative is “fight cancer.” Prior to the official start time of the festival, there will be a fight cancer walk for Leah Dortch, a mother of two fighting both liver and bile duct cancer. Dortch has worked heavily with the festival in the  Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

5. There will be a variety of activities for kids and adults. These include: face painting, boom shock fitness, exercise routines, yoga, Chinese exercises from Falun Dafa Association of Atlanta, double Dutch routines, hula hoop competitions, jump rope fun, Frisbee toss and local music performances.

Festival organizers recommend that festival goers arrive early, and walk or take public transportation to the event. Those unable to walk can park at the Piedmont Park parking deck, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, or at Grady High School. 

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Watch: Boy's epic staredown at NCAA College World Series game

An NCAA College World Series game Saturday night between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Texas Christian University Frogs was a normal game.

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The players worked for a win, fans cheered and booed at appropriate times and the cameramen panned their equipment around, capturing footage to be broadcast on television.

But then one ESPN camera landed on a very interesting subject -- a boy who immediately engaged in a staring contest, looking directly into the camera lens.

The boy's staring contest arguably became more intense and competitive than the baseball game he was attending.

ICYMI: There was an EPIC stare down last night at the CWS!Posted by NCAA Baseball on Sunday, June 26, 2016

He locked eyes with the camera and continued staring at it for nearly 30 seconds. At one point, the boy turned to look at his mother -- who was completely unaware of what was going on -- but then resumed his dedicated staredown with the camera. 

He even wiggled his eyebrows and shoulders to assert his confidence.

Coastal Carolina went on to win the championship. But the real winner is this kid.

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Woman stalked by wolf for 12 hours, saved by bear

A woman wasn’t sure if she would make it out of the woods after a wolf stalked her for 12 hours. Luckily, a mother bear was nearby and the woman used that to her advantage.

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Joanna Barnaby was with her friend, Tammy Caudron, and her dog, Joey, near Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories of Canada last week when the two women became separated while picking mushrooms, CBC reported. As she returned to her truck, she heard a growl and turned around to see a wolf standing near her.

"I heard this growl behind me. There was a long, tall, very, very skinny wolf. A black wolf. And his legs were spread and his hair was standing, and he was growling and baring his teeth,” she told CBC.

Barnaby said the dog, Joey, attempted to charge the animal, but it didn’t work. She told CBC that the wolf began to attempt to separate the two and work on just one of them. "I think he was weak. He didn't look healthy. He looked old to me. I don't think he wanted to take us both on,” she said.

The two would be stalked by the wolf for 12 hours until finally around 4:30 a.m. Barnaby said she heard a loud noise and recognized that it was a mother bear and her cub.

"I heard this big crashing behind me and realized that the mama bear had attacked the wolf, or maybe the other way around, I don't know, but they were fighting and I could hear the wolf yelping and I could hear the mama bear growling, and I could hear all this crashing and I just took off," she said.

Barnaby and her friend's dog were able to escape and make it back to the highway, where they were picked up by the authorities. 

Read more at CBC.

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