Rita's to hand out free Italian ice Thursday

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A springtime favorite said it will be handing out free cups of Italian ice on Thursday.

Rita's said this marks the 22nd time the company has held its annual First Day of Spring Free Ice Giveaway.

Guests who visit any of the company's 600 store locations will receive a limited edition cup.

Since 1992, Rita's said it has handed out more than 10 million free cups of ice during the annual tradition.

The giveaway starts at noon and ends at 9 p.m.

Rita's has locations on Queen Street in Southington and Scott Swamp Road in Farmington.

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