Squeezing lemons into lemonade

At the 12th annual Lemon Festival in Upland attendees try to break the Guiness World Record for the largest glass of lemonade.

Photo by: Alex Hinojosa

Photo By: Alex Hinojosa(Center) Sam Vizcarra squeezes lemons with others for the Guinness World Record attempt at the Lemon Festival in Upland.


Among the usual carnival rides, sites and glasses of lemonade that were passed out during the 12th annual Lemon Festival located on Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue in Upland, California, there was one particular freshly squeezed glass of lemonade that topped the rest.


In an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest glass of lemonade, the city of Upland gathered 14,000 Sunkist lemons and hundreds of volunteers to squeeze out 1,100 gallons of lemonade. The current record is 839 gallons, set in August 2008, by Arthur Greeno, a Chik-Fil-A operator in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“It’s been very successful,” volunteer coordinator Raquel Moya said. “It’s just a great thing to do because kids love to be a part of something and their names will be recorded as being part of the group that helped make this happen.”

Moya said they followed the lemonade recipe from Hot Dog on A Stick, which is breaks down into 9/10 water and 1/10 lemon juice. The lemonade, Moya said, the lemonade, once mixed, would be drinkable.            

Donna Vizcarra said her son Sam wanted so much to be a part of the world record attempt that they interrupted his baseball practice to be here.

“He’s really an enthusiast of world record books,” Vizcarra said. “He’s excited to see the possibility that his name could be in print in the Guinness World Records book.”

With so many volunteers asking to participate, it was members from Upland High School’s Key Club that had sign up sheets ready and brought up the boxes of lemons to the tent, cutting them up and preparing them for volunteers to squeeze.

“We volunteer for the Lemon Festival every year,” key club member Jessica Suhardjo said. “This year this was the new event so we had two options, we could either pass out flyers and maps or we could help out with the World Record attempt.”

Preparations for the event began early on as students at Pepper Tree Elementary received sign-up sheets for the event. Moya said setting up the tent and the tank began early Friday morning.

“This is a good way to help our children come together and have fun, beside being in front of the television or playing Nintendo,” Moya said.

Other attractions at the three-day event included performances by Kimberely Caldwell, “American Idol” Justin Guaranini, Hotel California and the Doo-Wah Riders. The final competition to be the Lemon Festival’s next Lemon Idol took place Saturday on the Main Stage. Cash prizes were given out to the top three winners beginning with a $500 prize for first, $250 for second and $100 for third. 



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