Most Big Walnut area residents who have attended local events, like Sunbury Sizzle & Sound and other gatherings on Sunbury Village Square, are familiar with Theresa Dronsfield’s Giant Lemonade Cup concession. Dronsfield has taken her unique concession to events all over central Ohio where a drink made with fresh lemons is both popular and profitable.
Back in 2011, Dronsfield wanted to be a lemonade vendor at events, specializing in freshly squeezed lemons, but there were so many lemonade vendors that she wanted to create a vendor’s stand so unusual that it would draw folks to her concession and special recipe, then let the quality of her product bring them back as repeat customers.
The creative solution was a 750-pound wood lemonade stand in the shape of a lemonade cup with a special trailer built by her husband, Todd – and the rest, as they say, is history.
During last Saturday’s Sunbury Independence Day parade and Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair on the Square, Dronsfield added a new twist to her concession concept. The Giant Lemonade Cup has given birth to a Little Lemonade Cup.
Todd built a 6-foot tall aluminum lemonade stand wrapped by Alvin Barkeloo at Wizard Wraps that looks just like the much larger Giant Lemonade Cup — to be used by young entrepreneurs as fundraising lemonade stands.
“Todd and I formed this division of our company to make little lemonade cups for kids to use as lemonade stands,” Dronsfield said. “They lease the Little Lemonade Cup for a modest fee and then can donate money to the charity of their choice, and we will also donate money to their charity. They may also use our website and Facebook page to advertise their event.”
Dronsfield said there would be a difference between the Giant Lemonade Cup’s product and the lemonade sold by Little Lemonade Cup vendors. To avoid health department inspections and regulations, Little Lemonade Cup vendors could not sell lemonade but only accept donations; and to keep costs down, lemonade would be made from store-bought mixes.
Saturday’s launch of the Little Lemonade Cup was used by Rylie and Bronson Franz to raise money to send to the deployed unit that their father serves in. Sgt. Bryan Franz, a member of the 204th Engineers Detachment, 16th Engineer Brigade, Ohio Army National Guard, is currently serving in Afghanistan.
Dronsfield said there was no charge to Rylie and Bronson for the Little Lemonade Cup trial run, and Barkeloo wrapped the unit for free. She said it was a great way to test the smaller stand while at the same time raising funds for the 204th Engineers — and she wasn’t disappointed. Less than an hour after Sunbury’s parade, ended the Little Lemonade Cup stand had already netted more than $100, and the day was just starting.
For more information about youngsters leasing a Little Lemonade Cup for fundraising, go to giantlemonadecup.com. Dronsfield said a littlelemonadecup.com website is in the works.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093