By Rocco Scarcello
For the 35th consecutive year, the “Take Pride in Marshall Litter Pick Up” will be held with the goal of clearing Marshall of as much litter as possible. The event will begin on April 9 at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine.
People interested in taking part in the Marshall tradition will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at the Marshall city offices. Gloves, safety vests, and pick up bags will be provided.
Participants will then be divided up into groups and sent to different parts of Marshall to pick up the trash located there. They will work until about 11:30 a.m.
According to event founder and coordinator David Kemm, it was a much-needed event for Marshall.
“Our town looked really bad 35 years ago,” Kemm told Arron Hulstead of the Marshall Democrat-News. “We were in the national spotlight because the movie about Tom Butterfield was being made, and nobody else was going to take the initiative to do it.”
The goal of the event is to “Make Marshall glitter with no more litter,” according to Kemm. The inaugural event only managed to wrangle up about 50 participants, but the event has ballooned up to last year’s 350 attendees, and Kemm is expecting about 500 participants this year.
Missouri Valley College students have played a large role in the success of the event in years past. Last year, roughly 150 MVC football players came out and helped, in addition to other MVC students as well.
Kemm, who was reared in Marshall and is a big fan of MVC sports, has also coordinated an appreciation party at Indian Foothills Park following the event. Food will be supplied thanks to donations from various sources.
The event has only been rained out one time in the 35 years Kemm has been organizing the event, he said. This year’s plan for rain is simple: wear your rain gear, as this event will not be rained out.
Following the event, check back with The Delta for follow-up coverage.