Working at Truck & Jeep FestMarch 29th, 2010 by admin
Many of you have probably attended Truck & Jeep Fest, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to work one?
To start off, you’ll be catching the red eye on a Thursday night going to some distant city like Denver, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, or Cleveland. You’ll arrive early Friday morning, and may or may not get a few hours of sleep before starting 12 hours of fun.
Usually the event is held in a large convention center or fairgrounds, so it’s kind of like a circus or fair except you’re the ones running it. It looks like an anthill, with forklifts and trucks moving things everywhere. There’s an energetic, bustling atmosphere that keeps you motivated while setting up. After a long day, you’re taken out to dinner and head back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.
Saturday comes bright and early, and the crowds are relentless. Usually a salesman will find himself in ‘the pit,’ the main area where the terminals are set up and transactions take place. There’s anywhere from 15-25 salesmen manning this pit, and sometimes over 100 people in line! It’s a taxing event, but worth the effort.
Sunday is a little less busy then Saturday, but you have to break everything down and pack it away, just like the circus; put it up, bring it down. After another long day, you go out with your co-workers for a good dinner and good company. Despite the exhaustion, jet lag, and working all weekend, it’s a rewarding experience. Conquering mental and physical challenges while reaching your goal is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Strangers and co-workers become new friends, and the challenging events turn into fond memories of an exciting weekend.