Wendy, Tim, and Tess looked forward to this day each year. The mayor of their town chose one day each fall. He declared it "Community Day." Everyone had fun on Community Day. All the stores closed. The people in town gathered on the town square. Many people set up booths. Some booths sold handmade scarves. Some booths sold homemade candy. Some booths sold Christmas ornaments. Some booths sold picture frames. There was only one rule. Anything sold must be made by a citizen of the town. The mayor liked to bring the people of the town together this way.
Last year the children sold hot cocoa. They used Wendy's puppet theater as a booth. They had not sold very much cocoa. As a matter of fact, their parents were the only customers they had. Wendy's dad said that the temperature might have had something to do with it. It was unusually warm last year. The temperature on Community Day had been in the high 80's.
"I could drink cocoa in any weather," Tim had said.
His father laughed. "You could eat or drink anything at anytime," he said.
The children sold lemonade during the summer. They made money doing that. They thought about selling lemonade at Community Day.
Two days before the big day, the weather turned cold. The wind blew down all the leaves. They had even seen snow flakes in the air. The children got together at Tim and Tess's house to make some decisions.
"We just have two days left," said Wendy. "Will it be lemonade or hot cocoa?"
"People like both," said Tess. "How can we decide?"
"We don't know if it will be warm or cold on Saturday," said Tim.
"Why don't we have both?" said Tess. "That way we will be ready for anything."
"That's a good idea," said Wendy. "Only we'll have to have less of each one because it will cost us more for supplies."
The children bought their supplies and fixed up the puppet theater again. Tim made a sign for the front. It told people that they could buy lemonade or hot cocoa. Each drink would cost a quarter.
Saturday finally arrived. The children carried their booth and drinks to the town square. They set up their booth next to the kettle corn maker. "After all," said Tim, "you always need something to drink to wash down your kettle corn."
The morning was bright and sunny. There was a chill in the air, but it was pleasant. The children didn't have much business. It was too early in the morning for anyone to drink lemonade or hot cocoa.Paragraphs 15 to 36:
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