About 50 lemonade stands opened for business Saturday in Zachary inside Americana for the development’s own Lemonade Day Louisiana celebration.
Throughout Louisiana, more than 13,000 youth participated in Lemonade Day festivities, according to Dana Hansel, the program’s statewide director.
Lemonade Day is a national program that teaches youth the principles of entrepreneurship, furthers character development and supports them in establishing and operating their own lemonade businesses.
After covering their expenses and paying back investors, children are encouraged to open a savings account, share some of their proceeds and donate a portion to a local charity.
At the Americana event, inflatables, pet adoptions and an acoustic concert by actor and singer John Schneider, who portrayed Bo Duke on the “The Dukes of Hazzard,” drew a nice-sized crowd as stands competed for prizes and bragging rights.
Stand owners sold pink lemonade on ice, frozen lemonade, brownies and lollipops.
The ABC Lemonade Stand, operated by Zachary friends Abigail Morris, 9, and Bailee Adams, 8, won first place.
Long after other stand owners had packed up shop or traded in last-minute profits for a turn jumping in the bouncy house, the girls were still selling cups of the sweet stuff — pink lemonade and frozen lemonade as well as lollipops and popcorn.
The Lemonade Day program was brought to Louisiana in 2010 by John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Baton Rouge.