Starkville To “Get Swept Up!” On Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

August 28, 2012

Announcements, Events, Starkville

Each fall, on the Wednesday before Mississippi State’s first home football game, hundreds of volunteers take to the streets, parks, and other outdoor areas of Starkville armed with rakes, shovels, and pruning shears. Their goal? Clean up the city and make it especially attractive to the thousands of visitors who will be coming to town for fall football games. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m.

Local residents are encouraged to fly the Mississippi State flag and to mow, trim, and do whatever it takes to spruce up their homes and yards. Get Swept Up! is coordinated by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and sponsored by local businesses. The real work is done by upwards of 500 people who donate their time and energy. They pull weeds, trim shrubs, pick up trash, and do whatever it takes to make the city look its best. A number of organizations, including garden and civic clubs, take part, too.

Volunteers receive a free Get Swept Up! T-shirt plus bottled water, gloves, trash bags, and other supplies needed for their cleanup efforts. To volunteer, please visit the Maroon Volunteer Center calendar at:

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