How sweet it was Saturday when budding young entrepreneurs gave ’ade and comfort to their customers on a hot summer’s day. With the mercury nearing 90, Sauk Valley residents got some relief courtesy of lemonade stands that popped up throughout the area for Lemonade Day, a national event that helped young business owners set up lemonade stands. Its goal: Help kids learn business skills, responsibility, financial literacy, goal setting and teamwork. Compass Media and the Local Explorer app sponsored the program and, according the Lemonade Day website, nearly 60 stands were registered in the Sauk Valley, most of them in Sterling, Dixon and Rock Falls, with a few setting up in Morrison and Oregon. Kids who registered got a backpack with a Lemonade Day workbook that gave them tips on setting up their stand. Some of stands’ brands were straightforward – such as Brinley’s Lemonade Stand in Dixon, Kiana's Sweet Drink Stop in Sterling and Mary Kay & Ellie's Stand in Rock Falls – while others managed to squeeze a little fun into their business’ name: T Boze Bros. Lemon Luau in Sterling, Scar-Vader the Lemon-Ator in Rock Falls and E-Lemon-ators in Dixon, to name a few. Customers also could get in on the action. People who downloaded the Local Explorer app could vote for the stand with the “Best Tasting” lemonade and “Best Stand.” Go to lemonadeday.org/sauk-valley-area for more information.
– Photos by Breanne N. Hunter for Sauk Valley Media