You may have seen (or heard) some of CCDD’s finest at Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, September 29th. We were the ones in green, soaking wet from head to toe, and randomly yelling “inside line” for no apparent reason.
We ended up in that field, under a tent, an hour from home because our sponsors, Beau’s Beer, asked us to. They have stood behind us for 2 years now and when they asked for 10 willing and able bodies for 6 hours on Saturday, of course we said yes!
We showed up having no idea what we were in for. When we checked in at the “volunbeer” desk (how amazing is that!), we were told that we’d all be working the Eco Wash station. I’m sure that everyone could see our faces fall when we learned that our fate was 6 hours of washing dishes. BUT, we reminded ourselves that at least we’d all be together.
It turned into the most fun you could have in a field, under a tent, elbow deep in sudsy water (or even worse if you were on the pre-wash station). Our Beau’s co-ordinator, Lyndell, was amazing. She assured us that we would be well cared for, that the beer would flow like dishwater, and that we would be well fed by the food vendors.
She was true to her word. Flats of Lug Tread, Weis o’Lantern, and a delicious cider were delivered and devoured with incredible frequency. Pretzels and tacos and chilli kept us warm and full. We had fun. The kind of fun you can only have when doing dirty work in the great outdoors with your friends and teammates.
We yelled and danced for no reason. Occasionally, we might have been louder than the band. Random strangers rolled up their sleeves and worked alongside us, not because we were short-handed, but because we looked like such incredible fun to be around.
I’d like to show you a whole bunch of pictures of our silly foolish dish washing madness, but our hands were too wet and dirty to take the photos. Here are a few that we did manage to take before plunging back into the brackish depths.
My back is sore, my shins are bruised from tripping over buckets of dishes, and I have a welt on my backside where someone whacked me with a wet towel, but if Beau’s Beer asks us to come back next year, I’ll answer with a resounding YES!
Special thanks to Delicate Plow’her, Nina Nails, Hairy White, Numerat’er, Mel, Ha Lou Ween, Rick, Wry and Ginger, Elizabeth Berzerkley, and Ruby Wreckage for rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty at Oktoberfest with me.