Knoxville — An essay describing her blended family has provided six-year-old Knoxville resident, Emily Humeston, the opportunity to have her own lemonade stand at Valley West Mall on July 18.
Emily won WHO Radio's Van and Bonnie Lemonade Stand contest, open to children ages 10 and under. The Humeston family will build the lemonade stand and will post it at the west entrance of the mall from 5-9 a.m. Emily will also be featured on the "Van and Bonnie" radio show that morning. Visitors to the stand will receive free lemonade from Anderson-Erickson. Free will donations will be accepted, with the proceeds going to Emily's college fund. Community State Bank has pledged to match donations, up to $1,500.
"I want to be a zookeeper when I grow up," Emily said. The talkative little girl with curly red hair and blue eyes was helped in the contest by her mother, Anna, who wrote about her blended family. Anna had two children and husband Mike had three children when they were married. The couple have had two more children. Anna described her family as a "yours, mine and ours" situation. All of the siblings get along and love each other, she said.
Emily is homeschooled and is eager to someday capture and feed large game animals.
"I'll feed them every day," Emily said. She said, for the lions, she plans to kill something for them and stuff it with meat.
Emily is excited about having the lemonade stand and talking with Van and Bonnie on the radio. To her, handing out lemonade to people sounds "very easy."
She said she has many friends and really enjoys playing at their houses and playing outside. Emily is proud of her growing bug collection, with which her mother helps with pinning the insects. The family enjoys many of the programs offered at Lake Red Rock.
Emily hopes that everyone will come out to visit her at Valley West Mall on July 18. The number of children entered in the contest was unknown, but Anna was told that there were very many. The winner was selected based upon the essay, with nothing further known about any of the children.