Goodbye in Her Eyes

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.

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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.

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Even Nachos Have Christmas Spirit!

So last night we worked our final Bradley Braves game before Christmas.  And man what a night.  The night started off with some Jackson 5 singing some Christmas carols and the boys not singing so beautifully.  Though our merry band was only five strong we rocked Stand #9!  Never before were the nachos stuffed so quickly while brats and hot dogs lined the grills.

 

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Our man Tyler brought along Christmas hats for all of us to wear and the Christmas cheer filled the stand.  We got a few strange looks and we might have even landed a few extra tips for our Christmas spirit.  Even our lovely CenterPlate manager, Edna, got in on the Christmas excitement. 🙂

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Though we may not sing beautifully and people thought us funny for sporting Christmas attire ~ that’s what makes us Crew 91.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a more fun-loving, easy going, quick-to-laugh group of Central Illinois guys and gals.  What a great way to spend a Wednesday night!

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Turkey Calls All Day Long

turkeys, deer and bears, oh my!

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!

Civic Center Blitz

This weekend is stuffed to the brim with nachos, hot dogs, Coca Cola, popcorn, pork chops, and jumbo candies.  For two whole days the gang will be at the Field & Stream Dear and Turkey Expo.  We’ll work the concessions to raise money for our trips and so that we can purchase much needed equipment.  If we’re lucky we’ll be able to wander around the expo for a minute or two between rolling hot dogs and stuffing nachos.  We might even get some ideas for future activities and create a ‘wishlist’ for the things we just can’t live without.