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Five-Year-Old Sells Cupcakes Instead of Lemonade At Stand

Tripp Carper, 5, rural Pettisville, explains the flavors of the various cupcakes he offered at his cupcake stand in Pettisville, Thursday, Aug. 1. Money from the cupcake sale was earmarked for new clothes for kindergarten, and a donation to the Fulton County Humane Society.– photo by David Pugh

Tripp Carper, 5, rural Pettisville, explains the flavors of the various cupcakes he offered at his cupcake stand in Pettisville, Thursday, Aug. 1. Money from the cupcake sale was earmarked for new clothes for kindergarten, and a donation to the Fulton County Humane Society.– photo by David Pugh

Tripp Carper, a five-yearold from the rural Pettisville area, wanted to do something different with his roadside stand.

He didn’t want to offer lemonade or other drinks.

He wanted to sell cupcakes.

His mother, Sara, said cupcakes were his idea.

“He just randomly said, ‘I want to do a cupcake stand. You know, like a lemonade stand, but I want to do cupcakes,’” she said.

The cupcake stand was set up in front of Pettisville Garage, and Thursday morning, Aug. 1, Tripp opened for business.

Tripp said he was raising money for new clothes for kindergarten. He starts school with all other Pettisville students, Wednesday, July 21. Mrs. (Lynne) Hoffmire is his teacher.

Other Purpose

Tripp was also allocating some of the profits for another purpose.

“Cats and dogs,” he said.

Sara said half of the proceeds would go to the Fulton County Humane Society.

She said she suggested the donation idea.

“I told him that it was something he needed to do. It was just a learning moment,” she said.

“I told him if we were making money, we needed to find somebody who needs it more than us, to share more.”

The Carper family has a Great Dane and a couple of barn kitties. Tripp said the dog is “both good and bad.”

“We like our critters,” Sara said.

Success

Sara said “they” made the cupcakes Wednesday. She announced the plans to open on social media.

Thursday morning, there was a lot of activity in and out of the stand.

“There’s been a lot of activity,” she said. “It really started booming this morning.”

On Monday, Tripp dropped off a donation of $125 to the humane society.

Tracey Wanner, feline intake coordinator for the humane society, said of Tripp’s donation, “I think it’s awesome. It shows a lot of character for someone his age. That’s quite a bit of money for someone his age.

“It shows his parents raised him right.”