Something’s ‘in the cheese’ at concession stand

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Something strange is happening at the concession stand at Ballew-Bolin Field in Duncan Park in Natchez.

With all the scurrying around, pouring drinks, bagging popcorn and making nachos, the scene at the concession stand may at first appear normal to the average customer. But through careful inspection customers might find the women behind the counter have something in common; three out of five of the workers are pregnant.

Of the four years concession stand worker Martha Goodman has been serving players, coaches and baseball fans, she has never worked with as many people behind the counter who are expecting. But Goodman is not worried. She is elated because everyone behind the counter is family – literally.

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Of the five workers, Goodman’s daughter, Leigh Ann Mason, daughter-in-law, Crystal Davis and cousin, Teri Troxler are expecting babies this year.

In fact, Sunday was Troxler’s due date. However, that didn’t stop her from fulfilling her duties making customers happy during the Sub-District All-Star Tournament. In the summer afternoon heat, Troxler was busily filling ice-filled cups with soft drinks.

&uot;We are trying to get Teri to go into labor,&uot; Mason joked.

As of Monday afternoon Troxler had not gone into labor and was even considering working that night.

For the past four years, all five workers have enjoyed working at the concession stand. Through those years, Goodman and the other volunteers have enjoyed getting to know their customers and watching children grow up.

&uot;Sometimes we get to watch the ballgames – when we can,&uot; Goodman said.

But most of all, they enjoy each other’s company.

&uot;We cut up and laugh alot,&uot; Troxler said.

When asked how it happened that three of the concessions workers ended up pregnant at the same time all five chimed in with a laugh.

&uot;It’s in the cheese,&uot; they said.

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