17 Oct 2019
While at the rally, we did two tours arranged for by the rally hosting club. The first was a Redneck tour of Nashville by bus. We did see a few places that we have not visited before and it proved to be a very entertaining outing. Our self-proclaimed Redneck tour guide was hilarious with constant redneck lore and insights on Nashville. During the tour he managed to grill every passenger on the bus. It was truly one of those things where you must have been there to get it. It was a fun outing.
The second tour was completely different but very interesting also. One of the great things about attending these rallies is having folks with local knowledge arrange for tours you would likely not know about yourself. This was one of those events. We visited the warehouse that holds all the decorations that go into new Cracker Barrel restaurants and updates or changes for existing restaurants. The small team of employees are responsible for planning each location’s theme and all items that will go into the layout. We had a great discussion with the daily operations manager on how they find the items and how they plan the design for each location. He made it sound like a fun job.
The tour of the materials in stock was amazing just for the sheer volume of items on hand. This link has a very nice write-up on the warehouse.