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Hundreds clean up muddy mess after Derby 139

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a big party came an even bigger clean up.  Hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals left a big mess behind the spires. 

After Derby, came debris.  Kids, parents and others trudged through the sloppy mess left behind.
"We are picking up all the debris and what was left from the event," said David Hicks, Head Baseball Coach at Fairdale High School.

The track was not the only place at Churchill Downs that turned to sludge after a series of downpours.

"My guys are used to it," said Hicks, who said they had done it in years in the past when the rain had left even more work to be done.

Thousands turned the green lawn yellow, blue, red and brown after they left beer and soda cans, cups, bottles, lawn chairs, tarps, paper, plastic and even wearable items on the track.  Hicks said they found more than just ponchos for the rain.

"Over the years the different types of clothing we have found you wouldn't believe, I'll let your mind wander on what those clothings may be," said Hicks.

Hicks said they always advised the kids to be safe when picking up the trash because of problems with broken glass and other items.

"You never know what you're going to find sticking your hand down in the mud," said Hicks.

Those getting their hands dirty said right now there's no way to know how many tons of trash they'll have to go through, but it's all worth it to make money for their team or organization.

"It's a great thing they're doing for everybody, for all the schools," said Fairdale High School Softball Coach Michael Robinson.

"We go on a lot of trips and do a lot of stuff with the money we make from it."

He said there were several schools participating in the clean up which would only take a few hours to finish.  Hicks said they had also participated in the Oaks clean up which was finished in a matter of hours.

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