Mid afternoon on a Saturday five weeks before opening, there are lots of people here.
Working, training, building, rehearsing.
A news crew from Evansville TV station WEHT was en route to shoot a story about unemployment rates and what we've experienced during our seasonal hiring process.
With TV, you need something called "B roll." It's the footage that's used to fill in the blanks, cover edits, and to illustrate the story while the reporter talks. "A roll" is the interview; B roll is everything else.
When I called on the 2-way asking "all units" to let me know who was out and about so we'd know where to go to shoot some B-roll, of course I expected to hear back from a load of departments.
Instead . . . crickets.
A second transmission, this time asking for inside activity, since there was no response to the call for outsiders.
A long pause, and then a phone call from John in marketing, laughing that in desperation we'd need to come into his office to shoot footage.
Happily, the entertainers are in rehearsal.
Jamie, the reporter, interviewed GM Matt about our hiring process. He told her that although we're currently fully staffed 2,000-strong, we'll continue accepting applications all summer.
The cameraman, David, told us he worked at Holiday World for five summers back during his college years, mostly in Foods. When I asked if it felt weird to be back, he just smiled.
After Matt's interview and some B-roll shots, Jamie asked one of the entertainers some questions.
Craig's from Evansville. He said ... well, if you want to know, best tune in to the 10 o'clock news on Channel 25 this evening. We'll post a link if the story ends up on their website.