Ashbourne Shrovetide
Day 1 Set Up

Day 1 Set Up

Our operation is somewhat delicate. Out of the back of a car we erect tables, gas bbq’s, flimsy boardings and a very light gazebo. A gust of wind is the least of our worries as we look through the streets of Ashbourne to see boarded up shop windows and burly men preparing for a 2000 person strong game of football through the streets. Our only hope of saving our operation should the game come our way being a metal fence we can pull up in front of us.

With every event we aim to learn something. What do our customers think? Do they think the price is right? What types of people are they. The best learnings though sometimes come from unexpected problems, and solving them is part of the challenge and mostly satisfying in retrospect.

On Day 1 at Ashbourne we expected to learn something about protecting our stand but instead we learnt that trying to run a fridge, 3 ovens, a soup warmer and music system on an untested electrical circuit would cause some headaches. After 2 hours of preparing as the game kicked off we came undone as our power requirements were too high for the power supply.  The solution was the decision to loose the soup, 1 oven & the fridge.

A slightly annoying oversight but one that now takes pride of place at the top of our checklists for all events.

Myles

 

 

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