KOOLING DOWN: Ice, filtered water machine opened at Vicksburg Riverfront

Published 1:48 pm Friday, August 19, 2022

Visitors to the Vicksburg Riverfront might’ve noticed a new addition to the Levee Street landscape in the last week: a freestanding Kooler Ice machine.

Owned by local developers Daryl Hollingsworth and Amber Morton, the machine has a capacity of 100 bags of ice, sold in 10-pound bags for $2 each. It also dispenses filtered water for 35 cents for 1 gallon, or $1.75 for 5 gallons.

“There are so many boats up and down the river, and we thought it made sense to put it there,” Hollingsworth said. “Eventually, we want to put a bait shop down there and call it Cricket’s.”

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Kim Hopkins, Executive Director for the Vicksburg Main Street program, praised the addition of the ice machine and said it will benefit more than just fishermen passing through.

“It’s a brilliant idea. And it looks very nice,” Hopkins said. “I think they did a great job and I think everyone around town will really enjoy it.”

Hollingsworth added that, while he and Morton opted to test the waters with a smaller 100-bag unit, there is a future possibility that they will upgrade to a larger machine, if there is enough demand.