Gov. John Bel Edwards will host eight ‘lemonaders’ from the Big Buddy program at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, May 4 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Participating youth will have the opportunity to perfect their lemonade recipe one last time before Lemonade Day Louisiana on Saturday, May 5. Gov. Edwards, LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron, Louisiana state employees, and other special guests will be on hand for Friday’s event.

“It’s never too early to encourage our children to begin thinking about entrepreneurship and Lemonade Day is the perfect opportunity to do just that,” said Gov. Edwards. “The First Lady and I along with Coach Orgeron are excited about hosting students from the Big Buddy program and working with Raising Cane’s to make this event happen.  These are our future business owners and job creators, and we should do all that we can to give them a great start.”

Gov. Edwards has also issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, May 5 as "National Lemonade Day" in Louisiana. This is the eighth consecutive designation of Lemonade Day since the program was brought to the state in 2010 by entrepreneurs John Georges and Todd Graves. Lemonade program officials expect this year’s event to have the most participants to date.

In addition to Edwards’ proclamation, Lake Charles Mayor Nicholas E. Hunter, Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Lafayette Mayor Joel Robideaux, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete, Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, Monroe Mayor James E. Mayo, and a number of other elected officials, community and business leaders have issued resolutions, proclamations, and certificates regarding this year's Lemonade Day Louisiana.

Lemonade Day is an educational program that teaches children how to run, own and manage a business. Through strategic lesson plans in a range of subjects including financial literacy, investment, operation and social responsibility, the Lemonade Day program facilitates entrepreneurial growth in today’s youth. The program culminates in the Lemonade Day event held each year as children across the state set up their own business- a lemonade stand.

Without the help of the entire community, this program would not be possible. Community members are highly encouraged to participate in volunteering their time and supporting the various lemonade stands across the state on Lemonade Day. To find a stand near you, click here.

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To view the Lemonade Day proclamation, click here