Residents of Briarwood Drive look forward every year to the morning when 5-year-old Aline Gachassin puts out a lemonade stand, but this year the 5-year-old’s annual event saw local politicians and even a few gubernatorial candidates turn out.

The lemonade stand has always been popular among local public officials. The daughter of Iberia Parish Councilman Warren Gachassin, Aline Gachassin has given politicians an excuse to get together for a morning meet-and-greet with her lemonade stand.

Now in its third year, the event began in 2017 when Aline wanted to put up a lemonade stand and parents Warren and Katley decided to use it as an opportunity to help a good cause. The money made from the 2017 event went to St. Francis Diner, and proceeds from 2018 went to the Iberia Council on Aging.

But given this year’s approaching political season, Aline had to make a little more lemonade than usual. Gachassin estimated a few hundred had attended the event by the time the stand closed at 1 p.m.

“We had a ton of people,” Warren Gachassin said Saturday afternoon. “I think it was around 300 to 400 people. It was really a great turnout.”

Gachassin said among those getting some lemonade in the humid weather was gubernatorial candidates Eddie Rispone, a Baton Rouge businessman, and U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham.

And of course, candidates for Iberia Parish Sheriff, Iberia Parish Clerk of Court and New Iberia City Marshal also were present.

The Gachassin family pulled out all the stops this year with a train for the children who were present for the event.

More importantly, all of the funds that were collected from the event went to a good cause. Approximately $3,000 was collected by the end of the day, and Gachassin said those funds would go toward Acadiana Hope For A Cure.

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