PHOTOS: Residents enjoy free Rita's Water Ice on first day of spring

Joshua and Victoria Quirple enjoy the first day of spring with a free Rita's Water Ice. Photo by Barry Taglieber

Many area residents ventured out Thursday to enjoy the milder weather, despite the strong wind gusts, and to get their free Rita’s Water Ice, a tradition marking the first day of spring each year. Long lines formed at several area locations, including Phoenixville, Collegeville and Royersford.