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Dash for Trash event to clean up Creston

The tenth annual Dash for Trash is coming to Creston very soon.

On June 4, groups from around the valley will gather at the Columbia Brewery at 8:30 in the morning with one goal in mind: collect as much garbage as possible.

“This is a great community initiative where we get people from all ages, groups, and areas in the Creston Valley and everybody gets out and cleans up the garbage in their area or designated areas we send them to,” says Mel Joy, Kokanee Beer Gear store manager.

Everybody, from those located in West Creston, Canyon, Lister, or Wynndell is welcome to join in.

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The event will go on until 11:30 when everyone will head back to the brewery for a BBQ lunch thank-you.

After a bit of a break due to COVID, Joy says it’s a pleasure to have it back.

“We’re very happy to bring this back again this year.”

She says they’ve had as many as 300 to 400 people participate in the past.

They have school students come out during the week to participate in their own version of the event.

“They all take part, but they do it during the week when everybody is able to attend. So having all the schools being able to take part along with the community turns it into a great day.”

“Winter is over. We can now start taking a look at what our valley looks like and just doing a little bit to spruce it up. I think having everybody do it on the same day gives it that much more of a celebratory feel.”

Anyone can sign up, either as an individual or as a group.

“You can do families, friends, business teams, people of all ages are welcome. We strongly encourage families.”

Those wanting to participate can email Joy at [email protected] or by visiting the Kokanee Beer Gear store website.

“We’ll just give you a form just so that we know how many people are going to be coming for our lunch and making sure everybody gets a T-shirt that participates as well.”

The deadline for registration is a week before the event.

Joy says it’s thanks to their many sponsors that the event can take place.

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