Thousands participate in Lemonade Day in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) –- Tens of thousands of children around Indianapolis set up shop Saturday with their own lemonade stand as part of national Lemonade Day.

The event is an educational initiative to teach kids the ins and outs of starting and running their own business.

“It’s all about entrepreneurship. We want kids to learn these life-changing lessons about entrepreneurship and philanthropy and so forth,” said Jami Marsh, Executive Director of Lemonade Day Indianapolis. To see Marsh’s interview on Daybreak Saturday, click here.

Children who register to create their own stands take part in web-based lessons about starting and running a business.

Mayor Greg Ballard helped kick things off on Saturday and has high hopes for all of the young people.

“I always talk about one day there’s going to be a young man or young woman that will start a business that will change the world, employ thousands or millions of people, and I want that man or woman to be right here in Indianapolis when they do that. Because of programs like this, they have that in their minds that they actually can achieve that,” said Ballard.

“It’s just been a great learning experience. They learn to manage their money and they learn how to share with the community and it’s just been it’s been a great learning experience,” said Leanna Walsh, whose 7-year old son was running his own lemonade stand Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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