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By Megan Phelps
Donnie McNett was introduced to the Montezuma Concession Stand about 30 years ago when his father owned it and worked with the Braves. Since then he has taken over the business from his father. McNett finds this line of work rewarding because he enjoys the affect it has on the community. Revenue from his stand is important to the team because it helps them buy equipment such as baseballs and bats. McNett also donates the leftover food to the players on the field.
McNett will continue to use the food prices he has already established in years past for the oncoming season. Due to the meat industry prices rising there is a chance of a slight price increase of his famous McNett Angus Burger. In lighthearted rivalry, McNett’s states his opinion that there is, “no comparison” about if the McNett’s Angus Burger is better than the Clover Hill’s Buck Burger. Hard work comes to McNett’s mind when thinking of the stand. He compared his staff to family because in the hot days of summer they may bicker but they always find a way to finish the job. He states that he will continue to run the stand as long as he is able to do so.
Due to the Coronavirus, McNett has decided to place some safety regulations in place. Staff will wear gloves and masks and maintain six feet away from customers. It takes five people to run the stand so they will try and maintain social distancing while inside the booth as well. He believes this season will have the biggest turnout yet because of the Coronavirus. The Rockingham County Baseball League is one of the few sporting organizations that has decided to maintain its summer season. McNett says it is great environment for families because the environment is easy-going and they try to keep, “riff raff” to a minimum. Locals call Montezuma the, “Field of Dreams” because of the beautiful views once the corn is grown in the distance.
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