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Lemonade Day sees higher turnout, participation than last year

This Saturday, lemonade stands once again dotted the landscape of Dickinson as young entrepreneurs celebrated the Mayoral proclaimed Lemonade Day.

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A young Dickinson child enjoys popcorn and lemonade on Saturday, July 23.
Contributed / Melissa Gjermundson
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DICKINSON — In 2019 Mayor Scott Decker declared the third Saturday of July would be Dickinson’s annual “Lemonade Day.”

"After youth have completed the Lemonade Day curriculum, they are prepared for the real-world experience of owning their own lemonade business," Decker said at the time.

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Britta Gjermundson has some furry guests at her Waddle Waddle Lemonade stand.
Contributed / Melissa Gjermundson

Taylor, North Dakota, mom Melissa Gjermundson said she’s happy to see the steady increase in turnout and participation year-over-year, as the number of stands have nearly doubled since 2019. Her daughter Britta, who will soon be a fifth grader at Richardton-Taylor Public School, continued what has become a family tradition in managing an annual lemonade stand aptly titled, “Waddle Waddle Lemonade.” In addition to lemonade, Britta served frozen grapes and homemade popcorn while her older brother Sig helped.

“Lemonade Day is so amazing for these younger kids because it teaches them the entrepreneurial side of owning a small business,” Gjermundson said. “We always end up having lots of friends and family that come to visit, like Sarah from the Grooming Gallery.”

According to Gjermundson, the day inculcates the concepts of costs, profit and philanthropy in a tangible way for many youth in Stark County.

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“So Britta paid her brother, donated 30% of her earnings to her travel basketball team and then kept the rest,” she said. “So it's truly running your own small business.”

Carter Fong, executive director for the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, said the event was another smashing success.

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Carter Fong presents Reagan with an award recognizing her hard work and outstanding lemonade.
Contributed / Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce

“Sunny skies created the perfect summertime weather for Lemonade Day 2022. We had 30 stands registered for the event and 17 volunteers who sampled the lemonade to select our finalists,” Fong said.

Fong noted that the six finalists included Brightside Bakery & Beverage, LadyBug Lemonade, Lazy Daisy Lemonade, Reagan's Lemonade Stand, TR Lemonade and Wheelie Good Lemonade. Reagan’s was the official 2022 taste test winner.

“Congratulations to Reagan for all of her hard work to make her lemonade stand out by having a great tasting lemonade topped with cold foam,” Fong said.

Other stories by Jason O'Day

Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in rural southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge.
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