Want to go?
WHAT: Bartender Olympics
WHEN: 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 14
WHERE: The Round House Bar, Delaware Avenue at Put-in-Bay
INFO: 419-285-2323 or www.theroundhousebar.com
Ready, set …… pour! Imagine if the real Olympics were like a local business' where keg rolling and drink pouring were considered gold worthy and every day people could become Olympians?
While this is sadly not a reality, a local business is letting some people live out their Olympic fantasies and letting everyone else be a spectator.
The 29th annual Bartender Olympics will be taking place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 14 at The Round House Bar, located on Delaware Avenue at Put-in-Bay.
“The Bartender Olympics start with the lighting of the torch in the middle of the park across the street from The Round House,” said Paula Garsteck, general manager of The Round House Bar and organizer of the event. “We then go into the first competition of the day, which is a parade.”
Each bar builds a float and then marches in the parade. They also do a skit in front of the seven judges. The group with the best float and skit wins.
Each team consists of members from a bar or restaurant that is located on Put-in-Bay or sometimes Kelley’s Island. All the team members have to be employed by the business and be at least 21 years old.
“We let the bar pick the theme of their float and skit, but this year because the real Olympics are going on we asked each bar to pick a country they want to represent,” Garsteck said. “At Put-in-Bay there is a lot of diversity, so this is a great opportunity for staff members to learn about other cultures.”
There are 8 events and they include things like keg rolling, a can carrying relay race, a free pour and creating an original drink.
“Each team should have six or more members, because some events take a whole team to do, like building a float or performing a skit,” Garsteck said. “After each event we award a first, second and third place winners.”
Winners receive a plaque that tells them what event they participated in and where they placed.
“It is a great team building event for employees,” Garsteck said. “It is also a fun community event, people love to come out and watch.”
If you are a business owner and want to enter your employees in the Bartender Olympics, visit www.theroundhousebar.com.