Trash still not cleaned up after State Fair - - Jackson, MS

Trash still not cleaned up after State Fair

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The State Fair ended Sunday, but trash still litters the area. 

So when will it get cleaned up? The City says even though this area is outside the fairgrounds, the Fair Commission is still responsible for cleaning up the area across the street where people parked or walked over.

Crews have started cleaning up the fairgrounds themselves, but there's still trash and crime scene tape littering East Pascagoula Street.

"We've been cleaning up since the fair ended on October 16th, and as you see, we've still got a lot more to go," said Michael Davis, a groundskeeper.

Visitors certainly leave their mark on the fairgrounds, creating a massive clean-up project for the Fair Commission each year. One vendor at the fair has been setting his tent up and taking it down himself since 1978.

"It's about a two-week setup to begin with, and then the run, and then we do get out quicker. So it's about a three-day tear-down every time," said Mac Gillis, who owns Sparkle Flower Gillis General Merchandise.

Davis says a team of 6 is responsible for picking up all the trash from this year's record-breaking 733-thousand attendees.

"We got the front part all done, and we're working back in on the back part. We'll be finished before the end of the week," added Davis.

And they can't afford to take much longer. A horse show called the Southern Cutting Futurity will be using the fairgrounds starting Saturday.

The Fair Commission hasn't responded to WLBT about how or when they play to clean up the trash outside the fairgrounds.

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