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Sweet success
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Members of a Turlock Girl Scout troop try to lure in customers to their lemonade stand outside Main St. Footers. - photo by Photo Contributed

Hundreds of local children tasted sweet success on Sunday.

Apparently, success tastes a whole lot like lemonade.

Stanislaus County’s first ever Lemonade Day – a nationwide effort to encourage youth entrepreneurs to learn basic business tenets through opening a lemonade stand – was an overwhelming success, organizers said.

Girl Scouts sold lemonade from a prime spot in front of Main St. Footers. Students in Sacred Heart’s fifth grade class sold their lemonade from within a giant lemon. And other children relied on cute, toothless smiles to sell their wares.

According to organizers, more than 1,000 county children registered to host a lemonade stand. About 400 individual stands went into business Sunday.

Children kept their profits, with Lemonade Day literature encouraging the young entrepreneurs to spend some, save some, and give some to charity. Corporate sponsorships benefitted the Connections Family Center, a division of United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus, Inc.

A Tuesday awards banquet at the Gallo Center for The Arts recognized participants, with Stephen Bennett, the president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, keynoting the event.