Despite the cold and damp, volunteers turned out on Saturday, March 24, for the Eighth Annual Pick Up Boonville Day. Matt Britt, who took over this monumental project for Joan Read, was happy to report that 126 bags of trash, 50 bags of recyclables, and 8 tires will not be making their way down the Missouri River this year.  
Five new teams signed up this year, “mostly young and energetic trash warriors,” according to Britt, and one team—Battle High School—came from out of town. “Their help was greatly appreciated,” Britt added.
Missouri River Relief took on the lakes behind Dollar Tree. With only six members, they filled 21 bags of trash.
St. Peter and Paul School had the largest team with 30 members, Mr. King was the oldest volunteer at 90+ years, and one of the strangest finds was a homeless shelter hidden away near the Katy Trail.
So far there are two teams that have participated every year since the beginning—the Isle of Capri and Cub Scouts Pack 70.
Not everyone who helped make Pick Up Boonville a success picked up trash. Three members of First Baptist Church cooked breakfast for their team before sending them out to clean their assigned grid. Mark and Sara of the Lonesome Companions provided great music completely free of charge. Many city employees and others gave up their Saturday to pitch in. They signed in teams, handed out T-shirts and supplied, helped cook and serve lunch.
Britt said he was still making a list of all those who helped and would include them in his report to the City at the city council meeting.