Cleanup expected today after trash piles up at Mill Creek Park

Posted at 6:26 AM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-03 19:22:11-04

UPDATE (April 3, 2017 4:20 p.m.): The trash has been cleaned up as it was planned by the organization putting the event together. They were able to collect over $65,000 to help local non-profits in Kern County.

In the future, the organization will hire a third party to collect the trash following the event.


Thousands of dollars were raised over the weekend for charity at the annual Country and Craft Beer Festival.

But, in the wake of the event is the aftermath of a day-long celebration. 

Organizers of the event said that's not how they left the park at the end of the festival.

"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," said Alex Belfour, the organizer or Country and Craft Beer Festival.

Trash is piled up near a dumpster and some trash is still laying around the park. 

"The trash was spread everywhere and, to us, it's important because we are involved in the community. We give back to the community," said Belfour. 

23ABC received numerous complaints from viewers who asked about the trash and wondered when it would be cleaned up. 

Monday morning, the city of Bakersfield workers and organizers of the event were out cleaning up the mess. 

"I think what we are going to do next year, instead of just having our clean up crew bag it up and put it in 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," said Belfour.