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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

A Lemon Life for Me

A Lemon Life for Me

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Harker Heights Evening Star

If you were out driving around in Harker Heights this weekend, you might have noticed quite a bunch more local kids setting up neighborhood lemonade stands. Because, past Sunday was the first Sunday in May and that means it was National Lemonade Day. Every year Lemonade Day gives children the chance to start, own and operate their own business for a day selling lemonade.

“The City of Harker Heights is excited once again to be a proud supporter of Lemonade Day. It is always a pleasure to see our young citizens out in our community working towards a brighter future. We look forward to next year,” commented Heather Cox, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation, activities coordinator.

Children could be seen all over Harker Heights showing off their product and honing their business skills as they set up shop in store fronts, city parks and even the local chamber of commerce.  The lemonade stand set up at the Chamber of Commerce even had it’s chance to have an official ribbon cutting signifying the opening of their business.

“The girls and their families worked very hard on getting ready for the big day. The entrepreneurs of the ‘Fabulicious Lemonade Stand’ are kindergartners of military families. The chamber was honored to be a key community partner in supporting Lemonade Day and these military families,” said Gina Pence, president & CEO, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. “The girls were very excited to cut the ribbon at the ceremony. Both families got to keep the ribbon and a ceremony certificate to highlight their first joint venture. Lemonade Day is not only educational, it is also about building a better community together and supporting our youth. Thank you to everyone that came out to support Lemonade Day!”

Purser Park in Harker Heights was a popular destination to try being a business for a day, as lemonade stands were popped up on the grounds of the park.

“Lane had an exciting day selling lemonade at Purser Park,” said Darrin Sopko, Lanes father. “The competition was strong, there were six other stands at the park. Lane offered fresh squeezed lemonade, tea, Arnold Palmer’s with a refreshing candy lemon crisp.” He had no overhead due to winning a fifty dollar gift card for “Most Unique Lemonade” last week. His total profit was $121.00 after sales and donations. He will be donating money to the new homeless shelter in Killeen.”

“It was great being able to taste the different varieties of lemonade our local children were selling. And getting hear all the stories of how they plan to save a little money, spend a little money, and give a little money to a worthy cause,” said Chastity Clemons, CTC Enactus. “Entrepreneurship is a spirit that should be started in all youth.”

Clemons, who visited four lemonade stands in Harker Heights, the two at the dog park, one at the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, and one by an elementary school, even found a favorite among all the different stands.

“There was one (lemonade stand) for me (that really stood out) at the dog park, that had this amazing peach and melon lemonade it was truly refreshing,” commented Clemons.

Lemonade Day Greater Killeen/ Fort Hood had a VIP bus that traveled around to the many different lemonade stands on Sunday. Lemonade Day City Director Amanda Stevens, members of CTC Enactus and community dignitaries, had the chance to ride around and taste many different lemonades and hear the stories behind their start-ups.

“Many of the stands we visited this year were already close to selling out when we arrived, which demonstrates the community’s support of entrepreneurs on this day by purchasing lemonade,” said Amanda Stephens, Lemonade Day City Director.


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