Smithfield, North Carolina: Snowball Building

A shaved ice ("Snowball") stand housed inside a big snowball. 25 feet tall. Built in the mid-1980s by owner Tommy Hill.

Hills of Snow

Address:
110 S. BrightLeaf Blvd, Smithfield, NC
Directions:
Hills of Snow. I-95 exit 95. Drive west on Market St./Hwy 70 into town. Turn left (south) onto Brightleaf Blvd/US 301. Hills of Snow will be a block ahead, on the right.
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Hills of Snow.

Snowball Building

Cash only! Combine the strawberry and banana daiquiri flavors! It's super cheap & delicious.

[Phoebe, 04/19/2016]

Hills of Snow.

Hills of Snow

Tommy Hill built his snowball stand in his backyard, in two pieces, and hauled it in on a flatbed to its location in Smithfield. He made his own syrups, and used distilled water for the shaved ice. He figured that if he was going to be serving to his neighbors and friends, he wouldn't skimp on quality. The ice comes off different than most sno-cones, much finer and softer, like snow.

It's open seasonally, and now run by his daughter. And, yes, the shaved ice is delicious.

[Joe Sledge, 03/10/2016]

Hills of Snow.

Hills of Snow

Snow cones are sold from a building shaped like one. Visited on the way home from the beach, not far off of I-95. Best shaved ice I've ever had! A dozen size options and 101 favors. Very inexpensive, too.

[LK, 07/19/2014]

Blue Snowball building

Snowball Building

Hills of Snow -- this ~30 ft snowball houses a Snowball stand. The sign outside reads "99 flavors of pure enjoyment." It's in the corner of a chicken restaurant parking lot. Snowballs range from $.75 to $5.00

[Thomas Mistretta, 05/29/2007]

Like its chilly brethren -- the Twistee Treat ice cream cone -- variations on this type of food stand can be found elsewhere. Still, on a sweltering summer day, that big blue blob is a welcome hallucination.

Slurpee building.

Giant Slurpee-like Building

A Slurpee stand in the form of a Giant Slurpee is in Selma NC. It appears that they take the show on the road with an 8 ft. "miniature" mounted on a pick-up truck parked out back. The main building appears to be about 25 ft. tall.

[Les Parker, 08/04/2001]

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