Volunteers help clean up infield of Churchill Downs

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Updated Sunday, May 5 at 11:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest events in Louisville.

Party goers can leave quite a mess at the infield of Churchill Downs and somebody needs to clean it up.

“It’s not my favorite thing to do,” said Feysal Sheikh, who volunteered to help clean the infield. “It’s really messy. Not fun for a kid like me.”

Volunteers, many from local high schools, picked up each and every piece of trash on Sunday in the cold, rain and mud. The trash was then thrown into several garbage trucks that can hold about 14 tons of trash.

“It’s really dirty,” said Sheikh who is a student at Atherton High School. “I see what our parents go through when we leave our house messy. It’s really hard work for us to [clean] right now.”

Bottles, chairs, hats and other items were left scattered in every direction in the infield.

“I guess people were too drunk to bring back their stuff like tarps and chairs,” said Brandon Blair, a student at Fairdale High School.

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