Americana to host Lemonade Day event _lowres

Advocate file photo by STACY GILL -- Abigail Morris, right, of Zachary, sells a lollipop from her lemonade stand during the 2015 Lemonade Day Louisiana event held at Americana in Zachary. Morris and friend Bailee Adams won a prize along with several other youth at the statewide event.

Families should come thirsty and ready to taste some sweet and tangy lemonade at the Lemonade Day Louisiana event from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 30 at The Pointe at Americana, 1250 Meeting St., Zachary.

In 2015, Americana reinvented the idea of Lemonade Day by making it a day-long event with food, music, games and fun for all ages.

Fifty lemonade stands are invited to participate in the Zachary event by selling the sweet stuff along with other treats and snacks. Prizes will be awarded, including best decorated stand and best tasting lemonade.

DJ James Gilmore will play music throughout the day, and Tomplay, Michelle Willis and 3 Piece White Band will perform.

Inflatables, games, food, beverages and music will be featured until 4 p.m.

Lemonade Day was brought to Louisiana in 2010 by entrepreneurs John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and The Advocate, and Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

Georges and Graves both received their first taste of business by operating their own lemonade stand as kids.

“Lemonade Day Louisiana is just one of those programs you have to get behind,” said Charles Landry, Americana’s lead developer. “Seeing all of those kids having a great time and learning how to own and operate their own business is simply priceless.”

Hosted in partnership with Zachary Community Schools, the Lemonade Day event will feature youth serving customers lemonade at his or her own personalized stand throughout the day, giving back to the community and setting goals for their businesses.

Participants are given a free backpack with detailed workbooks that include marketing tips and advice for getting started. The goal is to teach the budding entrepreneurs to spend a little, save a little and share a little by encouraging them to donate some of their earnings to charity.

After covering costs, they’re encouraged to open a savings account.

Registration and participation is free, and all youth are encouraged to participate. Register a stand and for the April 30 event by visiting louisiana.lemonadeday.org.

Since 2010, Lemonade Day Louisiana has provided more than 75,000 youth across the state with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs, and this year’s program is expected to be the largest to date.

For information about sponsorships, partnerships or donations, email Jordan Piazza at ladirector@lemonadeday.org.