The town of Dearing held a cleanup day last Saturday to prepare for the annual Mayfest celebration this Saturday.
"I'm pretty happy with the turnout today," Mayor Sean Kelley said as he helped unload trash from vehicles. "It's been a little slower this year than last, but it's a good pace."
The cleanup day is an annual event in Dearing as the town puts its best face on for Mayfest, held the first Saturday each May.
"Everyone's been very friendly, helpful and appreciative, so it's gone real well," Kelley said. "We had to keep some people from dropping stuff off too early, but that's just because we want to be sure no one leaves anything we can't accept, like tires, batteries, paint and other stuff we can't handle. But we've had a lot of wood, metal and trash brought in, and I'm glad we're able to get it out of people's yards and hauled off."
The town provided six free dumpsters, and the mayor and city council members were on hand to help unload anything brought in.
"We're happy to be cleaning up Dearing," Mayor Pro-Tem Allen Axon said.
The small town of Dearing only has one full-time city employee, Kenny Harris, who describes his job with the city as "pretty much anything they need done." When asked how the day was going, Harris said, "It doesn't seem to have been as busy this year as last year's cleanup day. I think with the economy, people aren't throwing things away as fast as they used to."
Town clerk Judy Reeves was also on hand, passing out free trash bags and bottles of hand sanitizer to people bringing in trash and taking pictures of the event.
"It's part of the Keep America Beautiful campaign," she said, "So the pictures are for that and the town's Web site. The trash bags and sanitizer are donated by corporations, and we're happy to pass them on."
Council member Judson Storey had his own take on the day's work.
"It's going great," he said. "But when it comes to trash, you try not to wallow in it."