You can nearly catch a whiff of the beef aroma in the air as the Northwoods gears up for one of its biggest events of the year – Beef-A-Rama.
“This is the most excited I’ve ever been about Beef-A-Rama because I think we’re going to give better service for the people that come and they’re going to be happier,” Randy Gilson, longtime Beef-A-Rama volunteer, said.
With downtown closed to traffic and a goal of serving more than 4,000 beef sandwiches, there’s plenty to look forward to at the 48th annual Beef-A-Rama Saturday, Sept. 29.
But to have the day run smoothly, the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for more volunteers to help out.
“We do need a lot of volunteers because in order for this process to work, we need people who are willing to be giving of their time,” Gilson said. “The more volunteers we have, the smoother this process is going to be.”
Here’s a chance to join in on a 48-year tradition, introduce visitors to one of the wackiest festivals in the area and have a lot of fun.
“And volunteering is a fun thing to do. You’re going to walk the street anyway, why not walk it for a couple of hours in a bright orange T-shirt and hand out some flyers?” Beth Wetzler, chamber events and community coordinator, said.
If you can spare a few hours volunteering at Beef-A-Rama, the chamber will welcome you to the “Moo Crew.”
Volunteers are scheduled in three- to four-hour shifts, starting at 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.
“I would challenge anyone who has never volunteered to try it because I guarantee you, you’ll enjoy it,” Gilson said. “You’ll be out there having a good time with some of your neighbors and friends, and you’ll be making new friends.”
Moo Crew members may act as roast hosts and shuttle hosts or join the park patrol or clean-up squad.
What to know and have
It will be helpful if you have a cell phone that you can use to contact the chamber in case something pops up.
The chamber will provide you with bright orange Moo Crew shirts and badges to wear (they may be returned at the end of the day or purchased at cost).
The chamber will provide the job description and all the event information needed, such as schedules, maps, layouts, etc.
“The chamber will have all the information volunteers need and will be there to help them at all times,” Gilson said.
Three shifts for roast, shuttle hosts
• 7-10 a.m.
• 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
• 1-4 p.m.
Two shifts for Torpy Park patrol
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
If interested in joining the Moo Crew, call Beth Wetzler at the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 715-356-5266, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, visit beefarama.com.
“We (as volunteers) work hard, but we also laugh and play hard, too,” Gilson said. “Here’s an opportunity to laugh 1,000 times a day and make new friends.”
Sarah Hirsch may be reached at email@example.com.