Rodeo weekend in August saw Pincher Creek residents and visitors treated to lemonade and other treats by the youngest entrepreneurs in town. After a few weeks to review everyone’s efforts, the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the results of this year’s competition.
“The kids really all did a fantastic job,” says Linda Davies, chamber manager. A total of 20 kids participated between the 12 lemonade stands, and Linda commends them all for their hard work and creativity.
The kids were judged in three main categories: product, stand and business plan. Four local entrepreneurs — Tori Bailer, Rylan Brown, Dennis Robin and Alexandra Russell — scored the entries to determine the winners.
Averie Russell won for best lemonade and was praised by the judges for her classic recipe.
“They really liked that she had done the old-fashioned lemonade as she had actually squeezed the lemons,” says Linda.
Best stand was awarded to Cheska Misa for her creative stand and signage made entirely from scratch with recycled materials.
“What put Cheska over the top was she had gone to an immense amount of work,” says Linda.
The best business plan went to Emily and Daisy Osborne, who had won the overall prize last year with an ecojustice platform.
The winners of these three categories each receive $100.
The overall winner this year for lemonade, stand and business plan was Tanya Du Plessis.
“She had a great stand, really good customer service,” says Linda, also noting that Tanya has been a farmers market vendor and had a variety of lemonades and treats available for the judges.
In addition to the $300 prize, Tanya will be showcased at the Pincher Creek Awards of Excellence ceremony this October, with her product as the welcome drink.
It is clear to her that this competition promoting business skills for local youth was well received by the community.
“When I looked at the totals of how much the kids sold in lemonade, the community must’ve supported them really well,” says Linda.
“It’s fun for the community to go and support the kids, but I love that it kind of instils that entrepreneurial spirit in young people, too, because if it’s a lemonade stand this year, maybe it’ll be something even bigger and better as they get older.”