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When roasted marshmallows have lost their thrill, the hotdog keeps falling off your pointed stick and you’ve pumped the Coleman so many times you’ve got biceps like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who are you gonna call?

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When roasted marshmallows have lost their thrill, the hotdog keeps falling off your pointed stick and you’ve pumped the Coleman so many times you’ve got biceps like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who are you gonna call?

Try the Birds Hill Provincial Park campground pizza delivery service.

Campground operators Jackie and Larry MacFarlane — a chef by trade — deliver pizza right to your campfire at the park’s more than 400 campsites.

JUSTIN SAMANSKI-LANGILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Jackie and Larry MacFarlane have started making and delivering pizzas at Birds Hill Provincial Park since taking over the property.

“Every campsite is marked, Chipping Bay 2, or Vesper Bay 5, and the delivery is the easiest thing because they’re all just five minutes away. It’s just taking off,” Jackie said of the business.

The pizzas have gone over with campers like pepperoni and cheese.

“Campers like it. Last week — Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — we did 20 pizzas a night. On Friday, we made an emergency call to our supplier that we were running out of pizzas,” she said.

Deliveries are by car. She expects the service will grow even more once they start posting advertising flyers around the campground washrooms.

The MacFarlanes took over the campground, located 20 minutes north of Winnipeg in midsummer a year ago, leasing the premises from the provincial park.

To any Birds Hill campers and beach-goers who think they may have spotted Roadrunners zipping by, that would be the MacFarlanes.

“We are kind of go-go-go people,” Jackie said. “I was in a Monday-to-Friday position before, and that’s not enough. We both wanted to do more.”

They put in 15-hour days during the week, and more on weekends. “It’s a little busier than we expected, but it’s a great busy,” she said.

At a time when most employers are cutting staff, trying to get more from less, the MacFarlanes have increased their seasonal staff by 25 people, to a total of 65. They couldn’t offer the expanded services without them, Jackie said.

In addition to pizza delivery, they have expanded restaurant operations. Previously only open for breakfast, the restaurant is now also serves ice cream all day and pizzas in the evening.

A second snack house has been opened on the west side of the Birds Hill beach, to complement one on the east side. It’s called Paradice Fries, featuring palm trees and a pair of dice for its logo.

A Dickie Dee ice-cream cart now goes up and down the beach, as does a “snack rack” selling chips and drinks.

“That’s been a surprisingly profitable little venture to have things delivered to people while they’re relaxing on the beach,” she said.

For the Winnipeg Folk Festival, they operated a store in the tent village, and plan to add one to the quiet campground next year.

For the Canada Games, they have extended their concessions stand hours during the triathlon trials and race and will be open for breakfast next week when cycling begins.

As well, they are moving from styrofoam to compostable, biodegradable packaging where possible. So far, 90 per cent of their packaging has been replaced with “green” options.

“This isn’t our first company,” Jackie said. “We tried to look at the big picture and see where the expansion opportunities are and be as aggressive as possible.”

bill.redekop@freepress.mb.ca

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