I am just home from two weeks on the road and leave again on Thursday for another week. This last run started with the Big Dogs Ice Breaker held at the Cove Campground near Gore, Virginia which is in the mountains above Winchester, VA.
Aram and I set up at the registration booth on Friday and offered BBQ, burgers and dogs plus drinks to those checking in for the event. This was the first time we have tried this at a Big Dogs event, most didn’t know we’d be there and as a result, wasn’t particularly successful. However,
we are planning the same at their next event with a little more advertising before the event. It is an excellent way to let everyone know what we are offering and when we will be open.
On Saturday, we were set up and open for breakfast at 6:30. Since it was cold, we sold a ton of coffee and both days, breakfast was very busy. Actually, the best I’ve ever done there in the mornings. It is the same area where all of the 4-wheel-drive vehicles meet and line up for their excursion into the mountain trails for the day.
After running into Winchester to restock after selling out most of my breakfast supplies, we opened in the afternoon and were open through the evening hours. Since the two day events like this one did not have the same planned activities as the three day events, we were not as busy as I would have liked on Saturday night. We had several discussions with the Big Dogs folks on how to improve this for future events.
The bottom line, I was down in sales considerably from previous events there despite doing much better at breakfast. We were torn down and
loaded up by noon and headed back to Harrisonburg.
Monday opened a 7-day home stand of the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge. Aram and I drove over, set up everything and were ready to open at Gates when the game was called for rain and a double header scheduled on Tuesday. Total sales: 0.
Tuesday’s twinbill was horrible because: it was a Tuesday, and it was cold. Sales for both games: less than $100. Back to Harrisonburg.
I wasn’t expecting much more on Wednesday but we got hit pretty hard and with only Aram and I working in Big Red, and Justin hawking, we had a good night. Most of that was because of Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup on a rehab assignment.
Thursday was another bad game. Again it was too cold and attendance was down.
Friday’s are never huge in Woodbridge but this on surprised us and we had a really good game. Aram and Brigit worked in Red, I ran the register
and we welcomed Mike Maybaum back to the crew. He hawked as Justin was out of town for the weekend.
Saturday during the day was the Prince William County Expo and Aram and I opened at 11am. We worked this event last year and it has really grown. Despite the coolish weather, great crowds turned out and we were so busy I really needed more help. There were vendors and displays all over the three softball fields and driveways around the stadium and the Cafe was open to allow use of the bathrooms, the concession stand and Big Red. They had everything from llamas to a rock climbing wall and entertainment. Quite an event. We had to cut off sales at 4 to get ready for Saturday night but a great day for us.
Saturday night was Scout night and a near sellout crowd. We were slammed all night and unfortunately had lines from Big Red all around to 3rd base during part of the game. I hate my service being that slow due to the tons of people and thankfully, it only happen once or twice per season. The day was like another 4th of July in early May. The day ranked third all time at the Pfitz in sales.
Sunday was the reading program and another huge crowd. While our totals didn’t equal Saturday’s, it was another fabulous day and ended a great week for us despite the lousy cold weather and rain starting off the week.
We open another 7 day home stand on Friday this week. Hopefully, the weather will be more seasonal and we will have another good one.