Le Roy's Jell-O Museum celebrates 100,000th visitor
Submitted by Howard Owens on August 6, 2009 - 10:24pm
Wednesday, the Jell-O Museum in Le Roy celebrated its 100,000th visitor.
Pictured: Lynne Belluscio. left, Director of the Jell-O Museum,
Marilyn Smith, the official 100,000th visitor, her husband Steve Smith and
Adele Friello, friend of the Smiths.
Press Release after the jump:
“We knew it was going to be this week,” said Lynne Belluscio, Director of the Jell-O Museum. “We just weren’t sure exactly when, but as we left Tuesday night, we were only 21 people from the 100,000 mark.” The Jell-O museum opened in June 1997, during the 100th anniversary of Jell-O’s “invention” in LeRoy. “The first three years, we were only open a couple of months a year. Then in 2000, we installed bathrooms, renovated office space, and put in furnaces and air conditioning. So since then we’ve been open all year. We’ve been hovering near 10,000 people a year. This year, we’re setting all attendance records. We’re already past the 7000 mark with five months to go! Every state in the union - - except North Dakota have visited - - and there will be another party when they show up. We’ve had visitors from 20 different countries.” .
“So Wednesday morning we had a small group in the museum, and we were counting very carefully, when three people came in, and I said: ‘One of these folks is it!’” “Where are you folks from?” “Johnstown, New York.” “What a coincidence. Knox gelatin is from Johnstown.” “We know.” “Well, you are our one hundredth visitor since we opened in 1997 and we’d like to present you with the bag of Jell-O items from the gift shop and a year’s supply of Jell-O – a box per week and a brick in the Jell-O Brick Road, and an invitation to come back and visit anytime you want.”
The official 100,000 visitor is Marilyn Smith – and yes she likes Jell-O, in fact she and her husband, Steve, moved to Johnstown a few years ago, from the state that consumes the most Jell-O - Utah. “So, what brought you to the Jell-O Museum today?” It seems that they were in Niagara Falls a week or so ago and picked up one of our brochures. Marilyn told her husband that they had to stop on their trip to Indiana this week. They almost didn’t stop, because they were supposed to get a head start at 6 in the morning but were an hour late leaving home. But as they came to LeRoy, she insisted that Steve stop. So after all the picture taking, and the presentation of gifts, they were another hour behind, but Marilyn and Steve were good sports, and said they really didn’t mind, and boy do they have a great story to tell - - and Jell-O shirts to wear at the drum corps competition that they are going to in Indianapolis. They’ve promised to come back to see Marilyn’s brick in the Jell-O Brick Road, and the D & R Depot has graciously offered a gift certificate for lunch on their return to LeRoy. They did leave behind the large cluster of colorful balloons that we gave to them. They decided that the balloons on a long trip to Indianapolis wasn’t a good idea.