Cleaning Up the Mess from Foxfield

April 27, 2014

After the party comes the cleanup, and each year after the Foxfield Races one local cleaning company has to handle the mess.

“We have 16 roll-offs, we have 500 barrels of trash and we have probably 20 people out here working each day for three days,” says Nicole Bennett of Busy Bee’s Cleaning.

For the past two decades Busy Bee’s Cleaning has taken care of the Foxfield aftermath. They work from 8AM to 4PM for several days until everything is spotless.

They say the toughest things to pick up are the glass bottles and the smashed Styrofoam coolers and each year several things get left behind.

“We have found multiple phones, iPhone 5s mainly,” says Bennett. “We have found socks, sticky boobies, everything from condoms to cell phone cases.”

They also found underwear and a bag of cocaine. On Saturday, the Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) reported four drug arrests during the Foxfield Races, two of those arrest included cocaine possession.

Those cleaning up after Foxfield understand the trash and the mess, however, the damage that was causes leaves them questioning security.

“You know the trash goes with it, but just coming out and the damage they are doing, there's no reason for all of that,” says Thomas Shifflett, groundskeeper for Foxfield.

He says that several of the rails and fences at the exits were knocked down and damaged.

“This makes two years in a row that they did that damage and it takes another two days of work just to get that back in.”

Even though there were 80 officers from the ACPD during Saturday’s race, both Shifflett and the busy bees believe there should be more security to help protect Foxfield from the chaos.

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