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Students and city workers help clean up Churchill Downs

The Kentucky Derby may be over, but the cleanup is just beginning. At churchill downs sunday, scores of people put on their gloves, picked a rake and shovel, for a hard day's work.

It was a big party at Churchill Downs Saturday afternoon and after the party is over, someone has to get things back in order. A lot of dedicated area students and city workers.

Once they get started, they really never know what to expect.  Jonathan Merideth, Fairdale High School says, "I found cell phones, money sunglasses, brand new chairs, and a lot of people found well, liquor."

Every year, the mess get's a little bigger, as people tend to be a lot less responsible.  Chase Payne from Bullitt East High School, found money right away.

Chase payne, bullitt east high school says, "I mean, I found $10 on the ground, as soon as I walked in, so I guess I got pretty lucky."

By some estimates, crews are dealing with 10 tons of trash, the day after the Kentucky Derby.  Tim Tyree, Metro Solid Waste says, "We're hoping that about 50 percent that is out here can be recyclable, obviously we will not get all of that by any means, simply because the crews that are also following us are picking up garbage as well, so we'll miss some."

Sponsors from the many area schools that take part in the yearly event, call this an excellent way to build character, while making sure the young people work as a team.

Coach Doug Preston, Bullitt East High School says, "Mentally it's good to have them come out here and come together.  A lot of them are doing baseball, some of them doing basketball things, so it gives a lot of these guys a chance to get back with the team."

Workers say the clean-up job normally takes a good eight to ten hours.  About 200 people participated sunday morning.

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