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Eggnog And Elephants At Tripson’s Dairy

When Waldo Sexton opened his own dairy, it was different to any other business in town. But what would you expect from the man who created the Driftwood Inn, the Ocean Grill and the Patio?

Elton Hill is the man who saw the famous escaped elephant on U.S. 1 in the 1940s.

Elton Hill is the man who saw the famous escaped elephant on U.S. 1 in the 1940s.

If you happen to have some holiday eggnog in your refrigerator, now would be an excellent time to pour yourself a glass.

“I can make eggnog but it’s gotta be in a 325-gallon batch,” says Mark Tripson, the grandson of one of Vero Beach’s most famous patriarchs, Waldo Sexton. “I don’t know how to make it any smaller. We had a little dairy here and we made eggnog. We started about a week before Thanksgiving, but after January 1, sales took a dive.”

Waldo Sexton started the original dairy, which he called the Vero Beach Dairy, in 1924.

Read the entire article in the December 2012 issue