COLUMBIA CITY – Bring your thirst and a pocket full of quarters to this year’s second annual Lemonade Day in Whitley County.

Lemonade Day is a free, experiential learning program that teaches kids how to start, own and operate their very own businesses — lemonade stands. Lemonade Day has spread to more than 57 cities in 23 states and three countries.

Whitley County students will again get to join in on the fun. Lemonade Day will be May 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The organizers’ goal is to register more than 200 youth who in turn will start new businesses all across Whitley County — on a single day.

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Once registered, backpacks can be picked up at the local library by bringing a copy of your registration to Peabody Public Library in Columbia City, or the Churubusco or South Whitley libraries.

Each child that registers receives a free backpack with an entrepreneur workbook or access to an online interactive program that teaches them the valuable lessons of Lemonade Day — including how to set a goal, make a plan, work the plan and achieve their dreams.

Once a youth pays their investor back, they keep all of the money they earn and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some of their profit. Participating entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to win prizes for the best tasting lemonade, most financially successful business and best marketed stand.

The Whitley County Lemonade Day Advisory Council members are: Michelle Urban, Brad Minear, Michelle Leslie, Kayla Wigent, Jenny Reffitt, Jon Myers, Pete Allen, Austin Papenbrock, Morgan Miller, Traci Kreider, Andrew Thompson, Guinny Garr, Samantha Vanevery, John O’Dell, Natalie Spain, Stacey Dumbacher and Maureen Shippy. Whitley County Lemonade Day sponsors this year are Micropulse Inc. and Steel Dynamics Inc.

Contact Stacey Dumbacher for specific Lemonade Day questions at 260-415-3422 or If your business would like to get involved with Lemonade Day, contact Maureen Shippy at 260-414-8034 or