The organizer of Saturday’s Valley Pride Day cleanup says there was a record-breaking turnout of volunteers in perfect weather.
More than two dozen towns in the valley area and western Maine participated and Donna Woodward of Fryeburg, Maine says more than 60 cubic yards of trash and recyclables were turned in in North Conway.
Woodward says the most common items picked up were cigarette butts, beer cans and fast food wrappers. Among the largest items: a 12 foot truck bed and a recliner. The oddest items collected included a mail box and a gas mask. The funniest: a scarecrow and photo of a man in a hot dog suit.
The cigarette butts also made the “most disturbing” category, that also included medical needles and a sword and knife.
Woodward says more than a thousand people gathered at the Hampton Inn in North Conway for a post-cleanup barbecue with valley area businesses contribing coupons, gift certificates and other prizes.