Ten-year-old Patrick Lockett thinks Elvis Presley and ice cream make a tasty combination.
Edy's Ice Cream officials liked the Aberdeen fifth-grader's idea, too. That's why they invited him and his family to spend the weekend at the company's Houston, Texas, factory making his Blue Suede Swirl.
Patrick is one of 15 youths nationwide selected as a finalist in Edy's A Scoop of the USA ice cream flavor contest. More than 16,000 children, ages 8 to 14, dreamed up ice cream flavors to pay tribute to their home states' heritage.
"I thought about Elvis Presley being born in Tupelo, Miss.," said Patrick, a gifted student in Aberdeen Middle School's Explore program. "I like his music a lot."
In his entry, Patrick described Blue Suede Swirl as "blueberry ice cream with hip-shaking, hair-pulling vanilla swirls with thick, heart-throbbing strawberry pieces."
Explore teacher Marie Cayson said Patrick is "an active and creative young man. I think he's got a great chance of winning."
Patrick's mother, Marie Lockett, said she and her husband didn't know about the contest until they received a FedEx letter from Edy's.
"He did it all by himself," she said. "He's very creative."
Patrick and his family were in Houston on Friday, when he and the other finalists began making their flavors.
Edy's official ice cream taster will pick a winner. The company will make a limited edition of the winning flavor next year.
The finalists each received a $500 savings bond, a year's supply of ice cream and a laboratory jacket with the child's name on it. The winner will get a $1,500 savings bond.