Weekly Update: Best Ice Cream Shops, State Fairs, and More

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With National Ice Cream Day coming up on Sunday, July 17, we're celebrating with a roundup of 50 ice cream shops across the country that serve much more unusual treats than your typical chocolate and vanilla. For more sustenance, we've got quick and easy summer dinners and classic French dishes made with inexpensive ingredients. Also new on the Cheapism blog this week: splash pads for kids, standout state fairs, and mansions that big groups can rent for cheap.

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