Rick and Becky Gengenbacher came up with the idea to go into business with Rick’s parents, Dick and Mary Lou Gengenbacher, to sell shaved ice and help put their four daughters through Quincy’s private Catholic schools.

Twenty years later, the proceeds from Gengenbacher’s Shaved Ice Shack also helped pay for college expenses and three weddings. A fourth wedding is scheduled for this weekend.

Now the Gengenbachers have sold the business to Joe and Jenna Knuffman, a Liberty family with six kids.

“They’re the same age as we were when we started,” Becky said.

The Knuffmans renamed the business Tri State Sno Biz. They will continue to sell shaved ice, with 50 flavors available, out of the wooden shack on the southeast corner of the parking lot at the former Kmart building on Broadway. They plan to open for the summer season around Memorial Day.

The Ice Shack trailer, which has been a fixture at many community events and fairs throughout the area, also will be available in Camp Point on Tuesdays, Liberty on Wednesdays and Payson on Thursdays and Fridays. Jenna has scheduled a soft opening for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Liberty on April 13.

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