Volunteer at the Blue Stars Oktoberfest Brat Stand
Welcome to the Blue Stars' home for Oktoberfest. Here you will find all of the information you need to volunteer for the Blue Stars Brat Stand.
What is Oktoberfest?
The La Crosse Oktoberfest Festival is one of the country's largest, running each year late September. The festival includes two parades, two fest grounds, polkas, beer, and just about anything else german you can think up.
What do the Blue Stars have to do with Oktoberfest?
We operate a food stand that sells brats, german potato salad, and other food items at the south-side fest grounds. We are the only location allowed to sell these german delicacies, so we are quite popular. This fundraiser is one of our biggest events of the year, and worth thousands of dollars for the organization.
When is Oktoberfest?
The actual festival will run for 4 days beginning Thursday, September 26 and continuing through Sunday, September 29. We also need volunteers for prep on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Wednesday, Sept. 25.
How many volunteers are needed?
LOTS! The busiest times can easily keep more than 20 people busy, and we operate the stand for up to 14 hours per day. Check each individual day's sign up sheet for the number of people needed for a particular day.
Who can work at the stand?
ANYONE can work at the brat stand. Members, Parents, Supporters, Alumni, Friends, ANYONE. Kids are welcome, but they should be at an age where they do not need supervision.
I'm from out of town. Do I have to get a hotel room?
Some people from out of town like to get a hotel room and have their own space. Other people do not want the expense. If you are from out of town and want to work more than one day, we will find you a place to stay for free.
How do I sign up?
We use Sign Up Genius to schedule the shifts for Oktoberfest. To sign up, please visit the Oktoberfest 2019 Sign Up page. If you have any trouble at all using this tool, please contact us for help via email or phone.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes. Your clothes will get dirty, and they will smell like you spent serious time in a restaurant. Above all else, WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES! You will be standing and walking quite a bit.
Do I need a button to get into the fest?
No, workers do not need a button. Simply tell the people at the gate that you are a volunteer for the Blue Stars' Brat Stand, and they will let you in.
Where do I park for the fest?
We have a limited number of parking passes for the back lot at the fest. We give these to people who are working a large number of hours and days. (So sign up for a lot of time and get a pass.) If you don't have a pass you will have to find parking on the streets around the festgrounds.
Do I have to bring lunch and/or dinner?
NO! One of the perks to working the stand is that you get to have all the brats and beverages you desire (soda for you youngsters). You will not leave hungry (unless, of course, you have an aversion to sausage and sausage-based products, but even then I think we can help you find something to eat).
What are some of the jobs at the brat stand?
Supervisor: Oversees smooth operation of the Brat Haus; Manage money; Make deposits; Assist in any area.
Cook: Preps all food; Cooks sauerkraut, potato salad, hot polish sausage (Cajun), and veggies; Controls flow of brats.
Brat Server: At steamtable; Serves brats to window workers, with or without sauerkraut; Serves Cajun, Inserts into bag (for large orders.)
Window Workers: Sells products to customers at windows; Friendly personality; Ability to accurately make change; Stock chips, napkins, sugar, creamer, and spoons at windows.
Condiment Stocker: Make sure all condiment tables are stocked; Chop onions; Fill ketchup & mustard; Clean tables.
Bun Breaker: Take buns out of wrappers; Gently open buns and stack on large bun trays; Make sure plastic is down and wrapped about buns to keep fresh.
Dish Washer: Yes, there are dirty dishes. Yes, they need to be washed.
Brat Meister (Pit): Take brats out of refer trailer; Tend the grill; Keep inventory of brats; Cook brats; Coordinate with cooks to keep brats flowing.
Cleanup Crew: Assist in last two hours of operation to clean up and prep food for next day.
Is it fun to work at the stand?
Yes, it is a lot of fun. It can be hard at times, but it is fun to meet, talk and work with other people who support the organization. Try it, you'll like it! To sign up, please visit the Oktoberfest 2019 Sign Up page.