Although the greater Killeen/Fort Hood area Lemonade Day is May 3, that didn’t stop Cove residents from taking on the task of entrepreneurial preparation when Chick-fil-A and Ace Hardware hosted Lemonade Kids’ Day on Saturday.

The Saturday event was the inaugural Lemonade Day in the Cove area.

The two-hour event was held at the Cove CFA pavilion. More than 26 children and their parents attended the festivities.

The kids were taught how to make lemonade from scratch by Azeita Taylor, marketing director for Cove Chick-fil-A, and afterward there was a lemonade-tasting contest.

“Mom, I’m going to win because mine is the best,” local Joseph Williams told his mother.

Keaton Black, 8, and his 6-year old sister, Kelbie, were also determined to win as their parents Kyle and Lindsay Black looked on.

“I think it’s great (bringing the event to Cove),” said Lindsay Black. “It gives the kids a hands-on experience and gets them involved.”

Cove Chick-fil-A owner and operator Stephen Kennedy said the Lemonade Day is one of many events the restaurant provides to bring camaraderie to the community.

“When Chick-fil-A decided to open up here in Cove, it wasn’t for our own benefit but for the community,” Kennedy said.

Cove Chick-fil-A operational director Dawn Parker performed taste-testing duties in her role as judge of the children’s samples.

“Some of them were sour and some were pretty good,” said Parker.

Beverly and Danny Smith, who own and operate Ace Hardware of Cove, gave the children a demonstration on how to build a lemonade stand.

“We’ve been wanting to sponsor an event like this for a while now,” Beverly Smith said. “When Azeita (Taylor) approached us about it, we jumped to it.”

“We thought it was important to help children learn how to be entrepreneurs, how to be that next generation and how to keep commerce going,” Taylor said.

Joseph Williams’ prediction proved to be correct as the toddler took home first place in the lemonade-tasting contest, followed by Lelani Griffin as first runner-up and Allen Cravens as second runner-up.

TaNika Driver-Moultrie, a Lemonade Day representative for the Killeen area, was on-site to register the participants for the May 3 event and give away backpacks.

“Lemonade Day is all about teaching the next generation on starting a business and the start of entrepreneurship,” Driver-Moultrie said. “I am truly glad to be a part of this.”

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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