A Leadership Shelby County Group is recruiting volunteers to help clean up the Shelby County Fairgrounds on April 10.
Molly Hart, the contact for the LSC Group and its project “Friends of the Fair,” said her group will be at the fairgrounds starting at 9 a.m.
“We’re cleaning up the buildings, the property, cleaning weeds, the flower beds, washing the buildings,” she said. “We’re going to paint the bathroom in the very. back by the walking trail. We talked to the arts dept. at SHS and they are gathering people up to paint a mural on one side of the building. The master gardeners are going to attend and clean up some of the flower beds and getting those set.”
Hart has not seen what the mural will look like yet. She said the SHS art teacher will send over examples this week.
“We are anxious to see what they look like,” Hart said.
Hart convinced her LSC group to do this project after noticing the grandstands – which she can see from her backyard – look older than they actually are. The group already went out once in December to clean up trash.
“We had a volunteer come out in December and we ended up taking five trash bags full of trash up and we cleaned up some of the flowers by the buildings,” she said. “We did go out there for a few hours and work in December, but the majority of it will be on April 10.”
So far, Hart said one person has signed up to volunteer, but she knows more will be attending.
“We have the eight of us who are going to be there. One has signed up. A couple companies around Shelbyville said their people would come work but we haven’t received their paperwork. We know we are going to have some volunteers from that and the high school art department but we don’t have a number yet.”
Anyone wishing to sign up can contact the group at fair firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re hoping to have enough volunteers to get everything we want done, but it depends on the weather,” Hart said. “We’ve reached out to the high school, FFA, 4-H. We’ve tried to reach out to every kid that needs community service. If anyone in the community is willing to come out we would be greatly appreciative.”
Volunteers can also just show up at the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. April 10, but Hart said the group would prefer if they signed up first.
“It’s fine if they show up but we would like to know how many people will be there so we have an idea of how many items [like trash bags, gloves] we need,” she said.
Signing up early will also give the volunteer the opportunity to let the leaders know which areas they want to work in, versus only going to do what’s left.
“If you want to come early to register you can,” she said. “We’re going to have groups in different areas so everyone can volunteer. It will be for any age – I know my daughter is going to be there and she’s 11. Wear comfortable shoes and old clothes, we don’t care, as long as you’re there.”