This past weekend, despite the heat, we made our way to the track at Illinois Valley Central High School for this year’s Relay for Life of Chillicothe. We had quite the showing of Crew 91ers and played a supporting role in many different capacities.
We kicked off the morning helping to clean out the concession stand. There was a ridiculous amount of dust and the nacho cheese machine hadn’t been cleaned before the stand was closed for the season! Once the stand was cleaned we made our way to the football field to set up games for the kids.
Though there were not as many kids in the past that did not stop us from having a good time. We blew bubbles, jumped in the bouncy house, played with the water, attempted Hilly Billy Golf and had ourselves a grand old time.
Yes, yes, we were there to walk the track and we did that too we just enjoyed ourselves in all the different activities. Derick even participated in the 5K Glow Run and came in first place! After Relay we made our way to the Bannister’s lawn and camped out. Two individuals, who will remain nameless, stayed up through the night. The crazies!
We had another successful year raising $2,170.37 for Chillicothe’s Relay for Life! All in all, a wonderful way to spend a weekend!
No, we didn’t say goodbye to anyone. We worked the Zac Brown Band concert last night at the Peoria Civic Center! Man what a night. The crew manned two concession stands and worked our fannies off. The afternoon started at 3:30 and we walked out the door at 11:30!
Between the two stands we made quite a haul. We work hard but in the end the work pays off. All those nachos and wrapping of hotdogs, the burnt fingers from cheese that’s too hot, comes in handy when you want to go on a high adventure. Sure you might dream of pretzels and cheese and a marching line of nacho trays for the next two nights but the tradeoff is beyond rewarding.
For a few of us slopping nachos and carting cases of water means we get to attend the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree! A handful of others will be able spend a week in Canada fishing to their hearts’ desires because of all those hotdogs. Or hauling all those ice buckets and getting covered in relish and sauerkraut means a venturing family whitewater rafting trip in Tennessee.
No matter the event or how long the hours, we know we’ll always have a fantastic time running the registers at the Peoria Civic Center! The rewards are twofold: an incredible time together for a few hours a month and the opportunities to experience the great outdoors later.
There’s nothing like prepping hundreds of nachos, burning your fingers while wrapping brats and hot dogs, rushing to grab the last jumbo sweet pretzel and listening to the bazillions of turkey calls while working 22 hours at the Civic Center. You just can’t beat the insanity as you work like crazy restocking sodas, stuffing nachos in the back, refilling the coffee pots and swapping conversation with patrons. The buzz that fills the exhibit hall is full of everything outdoorsy. Every kind of turkey call is heard all day long and eventually you can tune out the gobblers and actually hear the orders been placed! Though the hours are long it’s all worth the camaraderie between crew members and the laughs you get when you actually have a chance to breathe. Good times had by one and all. Look out Field & Stream Deer and Turkey Expo 2013…we’ll be waiting!