This Saturday, June 1, young lemonade stand entrepreneurs will be out in force to quench your thirst.
Launched in Houston, Texas, in 2007, Lemonade Day aims to make the lemonade stand experience an enriching one, giving young people a taste of establishing and running a business.
The young entrepreneurs have been planning and preparing for a while, with the help of their families, event organizers, volunteers and local businesses. For example, at a workshop at Jefferson School in Eureka on May 15, youngsters heard from last year's entrepreneurs, discussed stand location and visibility, and shared ideas for preparing lemonade. The Jefferson School workshop gave kids a chance to practice serving customers, tracking expenses and revenues, and, of course, playing with lemonade. Participants experimented with gusto, mixing lemonade with fresh juices and herbal infusions to get ideas for variations on a theme.
It should be easy to include a lemonade stand in your itinerary on Saturday. Expect to see stands at the Arcata Farmers' Market, the citywide yard sale in Fortuna, the Pony Express Days Parade and Festival in McKinleyville, Old Town and Henderson Center in Eureka and many other locations. And when you buy some lemonade, remember, the youngsters are encouraged to donate some of their proceeds to good causes. More information: humboldt.lemonadeday.org.