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Harker Heights Evening Star

Lemonade Tasting Contest encourages entrepreneurship

Lemonade Tasting Contest encourages entrepreneurship

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

On Saturday, April 29, grocery chain H-E-B and other affiliates hosted the 8th annual best tasting lemonade contest, a precursor to Lemonade Day on May 6, which allows local children to learn about running their own business. The event took place at the Harker Heights Community Park, at 1501 E FM 2410 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and included VIP Judges: Mayor Rob Robinson of Harker Heights, Frank Seffrood of Copperas Cove, Mayor Pro Tem Brockley Moore of Killeen, Garrison Commander of Fort Hood Colonel Todd Fox, KWTX Morning Anchor Taina Maya and H-E-B Plus Store Director Scott Presuhn.

“We hold this event with nearly 3,000 kids every year,” said Lemonade Day City Director, Amanda Stephens. “The kids who come out today get to experience a little practice run for next week, where they will earn an actual profit from their lemonade. We have kids ranging from six years old to 15 years old, and they’re all learning about business, finance and the importance of community.” Stephens has worked each lemonade tasting contest, and is assisted by coordinator Samantha Ricciardi, who’s worked the event for the last three years.

Brother and sister Brissia and Fernando Banda pose with the Lemonade Day mascot, Lemmy at their stand during the best tasting lemonade contest.

The windy afternoon brought a total of 14 lemonade stands, all owned by a wide array of children and young adults. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the contest was that it was so much more than traditional lemonade—each child worked to concoct their own unique ingredients and flavors, ranging from blueberry mint lemonade, watermelon with cucumber lemonade, blue jolly rancher lemonade, and even grilled lemonade.

It’s 12-year-old Abby Deem’s first year participating in Lemonade Day with her six-year-old sister, Izzy. “I’m really interested in entrepreneurship and networking; I just love everything about it.” She said.

“They do a really great job at teaching the aspects of business,” said 14-year-old Kendrea Broussard, who is also a first-timer when it comes to Lemonade Day. “We learned how to really bring our passion into the business, which I also really like.” Her mother, Queen Broussard, points out how it’s impacted the whole family. “We love to drink lemonade, so participating in Lemonade Day has made us find new, healthier ways to drink it.

Participants were judged on creativity, look, and overall taste of their lemonade. First place winners were 10-year-old Destani and 8-year-old Jhailin Isaac from Killeen for their grilled lemonade. The winners took home gift cards from H-E-B in $25, $50 and $75 denominations. Each child also received a certificate as praise for their hard work and dedication.

Lemonade Day is a national holiday and takes place on May 6. To find lemonade stand locations in the Killeen, Fort Hood and Harker Heights area on Lemonade Day, visit www.lemonadeday.org/fort-hood-area.

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