By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
Portales residents can clean up the town and earn prizes during Saturday’s Great American Cleanup.
The annual event is an opportunity for citizens to band together and clean up Portales. It is also a good way to show younger generations how much trash can be thrown out, said event organizer Veda Urioste.
“It gives some a sense of pride to be a part of the community and cleaning up,” Urioste said.
Starting at 8:30 a.m., participants can begin signing up at City Park. Groups will be assigned, according to ages and numbers of people, a designated place to clean, said Aime Franz, administrative assistant for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.
During registration, trash bags will be passed out to the groups. The first 300 participants to sign up will also receive T-shirts. Participants are being asked to bring gloves, Urioste said.
A prize of $50 for each group will be awarded to the one with the most members, the one collecting the most bags of trash and the scavenger hunt, Urioste said.
The highlight of the event, according to organizers, is the scavenger hunt. Each group will be given a checklist of items ranging from napkins to tires. Items found are placed in a separate bag.
“The scavenger hunt is always a really cool thing,” Franz said.
Participants will also be eligible for prize drawings, courtesy of donations by local merchants, Franz said.
New for this year is the canned food drive. Participants are encouraged to bring canned food items that will be donated to the victims of the recent tornado.
Aluminum cans are also being collected for Habitat for Humanity, Urioste said.
At 11 a.m. a lunch of hot dogs and chips will be served to the participants. Soon after, the prize drawings and awards will be held to wrap up the day, Urioste said.