The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the city of Crossett and local businesses to participate in the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep Arkansas Beautiful and organizers say it went well.

The event was originally scheduled for April 13, but was postponed until Saturday due to weather.

Mandy White with the Chamber said that 40 to 50 volunteers showed up to help pick up trash on Saturday.

“We had a really great turnout and it went really well,” White said.

White said this time of year there are a lot of events scheduled in the coming weeks and she wanted Crossett to look as nice as possible.

“We want the city to look as nice as possible year around, but we especially want to clean up because we’ve got the Rodeo coming up in May and Buddy Bass in June,” she said.

White said that a variety of local businesses donated door prizes, bottled water and other items for the cleanup. Trash bags and gloves were provided to volunteers and Century Next Bank grilled hot dogs.

Nineteen door prize winners were announced during the event. The winners were Stacy Stahley, Arlyn Richards, Regan Marshall, Curtis Simpson, Neel Childress, Tony Hendrix, Dianna Martinie, Shanae Govan, Josie Stahley, Edith Morrison, Abby Johnson, Reese Marshall, Landon Johnson, India Lucky, Rogan Farmer, Jake Stahley, Jake Martinez and Rachel Johnson.

White said that the Chamber will host a minimum of two cleanup events per year and she will do more as the calendar allows.

“I would like to do them monthly, but I know we will at least do one in the Spring and one in the Fall,” White said.

Each year, Keep Arkansas Beautiful promotes two annual cleanups – the Great American Cleanup and the Great Arkansas Cleanup. According to their online calendar, Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup takes place each spring from March through May and is the nation’s largest community improvement effort.

The website publication reads that thousands of Arkansas volunteers clean up and beautify their communities before the tourism and vacation seasons.

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