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Bakersfield park littered with trash and glass after festival

Posted at 5:48 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-03 20:48:42-04
Mill Creek Park is usually a beautiful place.  A place where children can have fun and enjoy themselves.  But after the Country Craft and Beer Festival this weekend, this park was totally trashed. Boxes and bags ripped apart were being cleaned up by the city this morning. But this afternoon, broken glass still littered the sidewalks where volunteers came and helped pick up the left over pieces.  Addison Chadez, from the Kid Community, came to make sure nobody got hurt. Here is what he had to say.
 
"I think they should be a bit embarrassed. There is no reason to leave trash all over the place.  There were plenty of trash cans that weren't overflowing that could have been used by the people attending the event and i think it was a little irresponsible to not have enough dumpsters for all of the bigger stuff that got left behind by the vendors."  
 
But this massive pileup next to the dumpster may not have just been from people at the event.  One of the festival’s organizers says it may have happened once everyone left.  Here is what Alex Balfour, a festival organizer of the event with the 20/30 club had to say what happened.
 
"This year we saw on social media that somebody had gotten into the trash overnight and cut up all the bags and opened them all up.  The trash was spread everywhere and to us its important because we are involved in the community, we give back to the community."  
 
Now they’re hoping for less of a mess moving forward with steps being taken.
 
"I think what we are going to do next year, instead of just having our clean up crew bag it up and put it by the dumpsters, we are going to actually have a higher truck to come and pick up everything and take it straight to the dump so the city doesn’t have to worry about it."
 
Volunteers from the Twenty and Thirty club have come by all afternoon with the Kid Community to make sure everything has been picked up. They made sure the park was a safe and fun environment and 65,000 dollars was raised from the event which will all go to children's charities.
 
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