WOOSTER – Josh Peterson knew his daughter, Addie, would be successful with her lemonade stand because she’s always had a nose for business.
Peterson recalled how during the winter, his 8-year-old son set up a concession stand in the basement of his home and was selling freezer items to his father.
Addie was part of Wayne County Lemonade Day on Saturday. The event was organized by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce and is part of a national program created by the organization of Lemon Day. Peterson owned one of the 21 stands set up around Wayne County with the goal of helping children better understand how the business works.
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Wooster Parkview Elementary School’s third-grader hoped to raise enough money to buy a fish for his aquarium, and he was a little lucky with its location.
As any good entrepreneur knows, it’s about location, location
“We had some construction on our road, so we couldn’t have the stand in our house, but his grandfather had a stand set up here at the craft fair at Secrest Arboretum and it worked really well Peterson said. “Addie had a piece in almost every part of the organization, from making lemonade, helping to build the cart, to planning as well.”
A quarter of Peterson’s fundraiser went to Persophenea’s Giving Plate, a local charity that helps the Salvation Army get food for those in need.
The young businesswoman had it all her way on Saturday; it had a great location with integrated traffic from the Garden Fair, taking over from the recently retired Quail Crest Garden Fair. The weather was also perfect and I had a good product.
“This lemonade is delicious. I’ll have to go back a few seconds,” said Lisa Lentini of Wooster, one of Peterson’s many satisfied customers.
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Benefit from Dalton Cub Scouts
Henry Miller, 9, was another young entrepreneur. Proceeds from his lemonade stand outside Ambolina’s Flowers and Gifts on Dalton’s main street will be donated to his Cub Scout Pack 922, with the help of Dalton Presbyterian Church.
Henry’s mother, Jen Grimm, said she learned a lot by helping with the project. He said his sacrifice for the day was to prepare the freshly squeezed lemonade, as well as help spread the stand through the church, scouts and social media.
Henry said he hoped to raise $ 100. All money will be given to his troops.
“Actually, Henry won a Chamber of Commerce raffle prize for Acres of Fun,” Grimm said. “We hope to bring the Cub Scout troops with the money they raise. It should be fun.”
Lynn Marks of Dalton was a happy customer who congratulated Henry and his mother on making such a good lemonade.
“This is the best lemonade I’ve ever had,” Marks said. “Thank you so much.”
At Brothers Lemonade, a booth set up by Julian, 8, and Alexander “Quinn” Flores, 7, of Orville with the help of his mother, Genevieve, in the Local Roots car park on South Walnut Street , offered sweets along with lemonade. Delights included popcorn flavored with lemon and lime and cotton candy.
The children helped their mother make the delicacies. She said she remembered when her mother helped her set up a lemonade stand when she was young.
The brothers hoped to raise funds to pay for their karate lessons. They carried the gi as part of the promotion.
“They’re supposed to spend it, save it and donate,” Genevieve said. “They’re spending it on karate classes, saving it for its future and donating it to the Orrville Salvation Army.”
Preparing for a perfect day
Wooster’s Adriane Ball helped the cause by buying a drink from Brothers Lemonade. He said it helped him make the day.
“I got sausages, cookies with sauce inside and lemonade outside here, it’s going to be a beautiful day,” Ball said.
Marcus Patino, 5, occupied his Space Lemonade booth on East Liberty Street, Wooster, in an astronaut suit. His father, Daniel, said that Marcos worked hard to help with the stand. With the funds he raised, he hopes to buy a bicycle.
The crowd at the Second Saturday Wooster Center helped create a lot of traffic for Patino’s Space Lemonade booth.
With lemonade stalls in Wooster, Dalton, Marshallville, Rittman and Shreve, there were plenty of learning opportunities for Wayne County children, and there was no reason for anyone to be thirsty.
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