Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 17, 2012

Lemonade stand celebrates 54th year

Greensburg — Psalm 34:8, "Taste and see that the Lord is good," is written on the aprons of an otherwise ordinary looking lemonade stand at the 4-H Fair.

According to church member Marilyn Moore, The Union Chapel United Methodist Church has been selling lemonade at the 4-H Fair for the last 54 years.

Moore's mother and her mother's friend started the stand to help the church raise funds.

Moore's father-in-law provided the recipe that's still used today.

Moore says that herself and a few others who've seen the original stands are still around, though they can recall a simpler time when prices for their drinks were quite a bit different. A cup of lemonade was only 10 cents half a century ago, instead of the $1 or $1.50 it is today.

Originally, there were three stands running out of Shelbyville, but running the stands became too expensive. A single stand was then moved to Greensburg.

This year, the church hand-squeezed 21 cases of lemonade a week before the fair, according to Moore.

Everyone in the church gets involved, too.

 The kids and even the adult church members go into the basement to squeeze using electric squeezers or only their hands, leaving the basement smelling like lemons for weeks. The men are mostly in charge of building the actual stand.

Stand proceeds are "sizable" says Moore, and all the money goes toward various church expenses.

Today, the church is a mile and half out of Saint Paul Ñ "the church on the hill," one stand attendant called it. The church's minister is Dawn Barnes-Israel.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004

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