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towel42
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I feel guilty posting such an off-topic question on Scarleteen, but you all really are the best people to talk to. Everyone has had different sets of experience, and you're all just plain cool. So I'm posting this in the "all about you" section *because* its so wildly off topic.

Has anyone ever worked at a concession stand at a BIG, commercially publicised outdoor concert in the middle of the summer? (See? I told you it was off topic.)

I'm going to be doing just this in late May at this "Jamboree" concert hosted by a local radio station. Lot's of well-known alternative bands. I'm asking because, I'd like to know any tips to avoid getting sticky and disgusting, and any tips on keeping bees away. I know it sounds childish, but I've been stung before and I didn't like it. So I'm *deathly* afraid of bees.

Any tips would be appreciated! And if you live in the Illinois area and are coming to the concert, visit the concession booth being worked by four confused looking teenagers and lend us a hand!

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Ha! We must be related. Truthfully, I'm allergic to them, so I can rationalize my fear as valid.

For many years, I ran outdoor Farmer's Markets in downtown Chicago (Daley Plaza, the sprout stand -- if you're ever down there, and someone is still running the sprout stand, get some sprouts!).

Bees were a given.

So, since with organic food, any serious pesticides were out, here is what all us vendors found worked for us, weird as it is.

Get a big bowl, and pour a bottle of Mountain Dew soda into it. Then squeeze dish soap into the mix, so that about an inch of it sits on the bottom. Put the bowl as far away from you as possible, and preferably in the sun. the bees fly in, and most of them can't get out.

In addition, be sure not to wear perfumes, scented lotions or suncreens, etc. Unscented products are your friends.

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Ya know Miz S., my grandmother used to do the same thing, only she used cherry kool aid. I thought we were just weird ... lol She told me that they like the sugar. I don't know if she ever put anything sticky in it, b/c it was in some sort of big dish thing that they couldn't get out of anyway. I remember her emptying it out and all these dead bodies on the bottom ... eww ...
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Hey, I was in Daley Plaza on Thursday. I was with a bunch of kids from school, and we were acting like idiots, climbing up onto the big Van Gogh statue and taking pictures while sliding down. Hee-hee.

But really, thanks for the tip Miz S. I'll be sure to bring it up to my peers. Anything that keeps the bees away from us is good.

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ah i'll have to try that. I am not allergic to bees but i remember this one time when i was 10 years old. It was July 4th and my mom asked me to go get the mail from the mailbox out infront of our house. I didn't have shoes on and didn't feel like putting them on just to go out to the mailbox, so i ran out the mailbox and got the mail. As i was coming back up i wasn't looking where i was goin and stepped right on a bee. I remember i was screaming and crying. In the next hour my foot swelled up like twice the size my foot was huge i couldn't even fit it in my shoes. We had to go to the emergency room rather than my Grandparents 4th of July picnic (and afterwards fireworks at this park). I was pretty upset but the doctor told me to put ice on it and the swelling should go down. We at least got to see the fireworks but i remember it took about 2 weeks for the swelling to go down it was nuts.

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Rachel -- thats freaking *exactly* what happened to me! Except I was on my great aunt's front porch. Bottom of my foot -- pain, swelling, little stinger jammed in there and all.

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