There wasn’t even a passing thought in Bria Parkinson’s mind that she should cancel her Lemonade Day stand because of the rain weekend before last on Lemonade Day.
“No way!” she said, emphatically Tuesday night after scooping up a second place award for most successful business and — a big surprise for the young lady — Entrepreneur of the Year.
The latter award means she will be eligible to go on to National Competition, with a chance to win scholarships and more prizes. Parkinson was also the winner of a bike, one of many door prizes given away to the children during the event.
It was a house full of energy for the awards barbecue at what is Williston’s fourth annual event, recognizing the best of the best Lemonade Day stands. Rain moved the barbecue to the New Armory, but the enthusiasm of the youths was not dampened by that.
The children had won skirt guns and pool noodles and were putting them all to good use after chowing down on free hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Williston Community Builders and the Lions Club.
Other awards given out during the event:
Most creative business theme: first place to Coco Loco Lemonade Stand, and second place to Hansel and Gretel Lemonade Stand.
Most Successful Business: first place to Red Squeezed and Blue Lemonade Stand, second place to Arabian Lemonade Stand
Best Tasting Lemonade: Red, Squeezed and Blue Lemonade Stand
Best Stand: first place to Hansel and Gretel, second place a tie to Super Michel Bros. Lemonade Stand and Lil Buckaroos Lemonade Saloon.
Williston’s Lemonade Day project began four years ago as a fun way to teach a new generation the rules of the entrepreneurial road. Area youths were given kits to help them learn to craft a business from start to finish, while members of the community were meanwhile encouraged to come out and visit the youths’ stands to try out all the creative concoctions.
This year’s event featured all sorts of fun lemonade stands, with everything from fishing-themed lemonades, to coconut flavors from Colombia and orange-pineapple flavors from Pakistan. There were deocrated sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls and martial arts cookies with lemon-flavored icing, too.
Parents were pleased with the event because it gave their children an opportunity to not only learn how to start and run a successful business, but for important life lessons, too, like the value of hard work.