Fun but frenzied: A night of working a concession stand

October 13, 2018

Hot dogs were flying and burgers were flipping at the Meyersdale Area High School concession stand Friday.

The Pride of the Tribe, as they call themselves, are the volunteers who run the stand.

“I love being on this side of the counter,” said volunteer Melody Gaschler.

Volunteers are often parents of the school’s band students, who need the money raised at the stand for band equipment and trips to competitions.

The stand sells pretzels, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, candy, sodas, water, nachos, walking tacos, hot chocolate, pizza, Raider dogs and more.

And running the stand wouldn’t be possible without the 15 volunteers who flip the burgers and make the tacos, according to band boosters Treasurer Leanne Renzi.

“We do everything for the kids,” she said.

Renzi is often at the stand collecting shipments and preparing for the next football game.

On Friday, she was at the stand at 9:15 a.m. to prepare for a game that would start at 7 p.m. And many volunteers stay to close up after the game ends three hours later.

Boosters President Dottie Irwin said this has been one of the easier years for gathering volunteers.

“We’ve had no trouble getting help,” Irwin said.

And the stand is also dependent upon donors who make chili, buy cases of water and bring Gatorade.

The stand gets hectic sometimes, said Diane Sipple as another volunteer shouted “nachos and cheese!” to the cooks in the back.

The beginning of the game and halftime are the busiest for the stand.

“It’s great,” Sipple said. “Everyone is friendly.”

In his Red Raiser apron and hat, Tim Yoder kept a constant stream of burgers flipping over his grill.

Yoder is a purchasing agent for ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies in Meyersdale. He usually only flips burgers at home, he said, laughing.

“If you’re out there and you come in here the first time, you better fasten your seat belt,” he said as he flipped more burgers.

He estimated the stand goes through nearly 150 burgers in a night.

“I enjoy it,” Yoder said. “It’s all for the kids.”

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