CUMMING, Ga. — The Cumming Fairgrounds was the place to be on Independence Day. The annual holiday celebration included live music, a kid’s zone, food eating contests, and dozens of vendors selling everything from food and drinks to clothing and jewelry. When the event finally wrapped up, fairground employees got to work.

“Usually at the end of the night of an event, we will get our staples up,” Tracy Helms, the fairgrounds director, said. “We will get things like our tents, drink barrels, and barricade cones. We come and pick those things up, the night of the event.”

Their work continues early the next morning, to clean up any trash that’s left behind.

“A regular workday begins at 8, so whenever we get here we will start those efforts to get the grounds cleaned up,” Helms said. “We usually have all hands on deck for that, because the quicker you can get it done the easier it is.”

He says the trash tends to blow around in the wind, and some is redistributed by birds. That’s why workers waste no time getting the area clean. Plus, they don’t want people driving by to see the trash.

“We’ll usually try to have it done the next business day, just simply for appearance reasons,” Helms said. “If not, it will all blow up against the fence, and then it's a little bit more difficult to pick up.”

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