Created: Fri, 23 May 2014 10:53:00 MST
Updated: Fri, 23 May 2014 10:57:44 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Alpine Bank Junior College World Series starts on Saturday, with more than 100 thousand people expected to make their way into the Grand Valley for the event.
Grand Junction Parks and Recreation officials said the mixture of JUCO with Memorial Day makes this the biggest weekend of the year at Lincoln Park.
Parks and Rec staff are making sure they have 24 hours of security, maintenance and trash pick up, enough portable bathrooms, as well as dozens of tiny details to make sure operations kick off smoothly.
“I have a crew that comes in at four o’ clock in the morning. They start cleaning and washing the stands, and I have another crew that comes in at ten o’ clock after the game and pick up all the trash,” said Grand Junction Park Supervisor Eddie Mort.
The first pitch of JUCO is at 9 a.m, and officials said they’re expecting about 10,000 people arriving at Lincoln Park each day.
The prospect of exposure on this level excites owner of one of the many local vendors set up inside the park. Gel U Italian Ice began operations this past September and are hoping their product catches on.
“We've been scrambling working 20 hour days just to get where we are today,” said owner Ronn Gookin on the topic of preparing 450 gallons of his Italian Ice for JUCO week.
Officials said everything is expected to go as scheduled, but there are concerned about potential weather issues. Forecasts predict rain and wind throughout Saturday and Sunday.