Concession crew preparing for big crowd, big appetites

Published 11:46 am Friday, November 18, 2016

When Warren Central and Clinton met at Warren Central High School earlier in the football season, the Vikings came away with a victory and the school’s concession stand was virtually cleaned out of food.

“The last time we played Clinton, we sold out,” said WCHS head baseball coach Conner Douglas, who oversees the concession stand’s operations. “We ran out of hot food in the first quarter.

“We sell chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, and we sold about 350 of them before the first quarter was over. We sold 150 hamburgers, 150 hotdogs, and a lot of nachos and popcorn. We have a full menu so there’s no reason for someone to stop on the way in. They can get their eating done here.”

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Douglas said he always orders a certain amount of food for the concession stand for each home game.

“If we have a problem, we order more. I ordered more for that game and we still ran out. I’ve ordered more than I’ve ever ordered before for this game,” he said. “That’s all you can do. It’s a guessing game.

“I’m probably going to double up on everything; some things, we’ll even triple. There’s so much overhead, you don’t want to be stuck with a lot of it to throw away, and we always try to feed the coaches at the end of the night, sometimes, we can’t.

“The more food you have left over, the more money you lose, but when you don’t have enough, you’re losing money there, too, so it’s a double-edged sword.”

Douglas said he began stocking the concession stand Tuesday, and was getting more supplies Thursday as the final preparations for Friday wind down.

“I’ll be in there working, and some of the baseball players will in there,” he said.

He said all proceeds from the concession stand sales benefit the WCHS Booster Club, which supports the school’s athletic programs.

“We’re consolidating the booster clubs so it will all go to the same place,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have enough (food) to make it through the third quarter.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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