Clean Up After Foxfield

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

April 30, 2006

It was a great weekend to be out at the races at Foxfield, but now that they have come and gone, that means a major cleanup process is underway.

"It generally takes us about a day and a half, two days to get all the trash up," explained Thomas Shifflett.

That is major cleaning up after the 23,000 people who attended Saturday's race.

Shifflett heads the clean up crew that's responsible for making the green grass visible again after the Foxfield races. He says that clean up this year isn't as bad as previous years and that's mainly because of pleasant weather conditions.

"It's not real hot," said Shifflett. "We have picked it up when it was 85 - 90 degrees. Today is a good day."

Shifflett says his crew will normally work 12 hours shifts to get the course clean.

His 12-year-old grandson Cody Shifflett has helped clean the course for the past couple of years and says it's not too bad.

"Yeah when it ain't too hot and it ain't cold-cold. Yeah that does help it out," said Cody referring to weather conditions while cleaning Foxfield race course.

Each year works find wallets, cell phone, even cloths for those who attended Foxfield. They collect them and put them away for owner to come claim whatever's lost.

For the next couple days workers here at Foxfield will get the course in tip top shape for the next event.

"I've got workers in here and whatever they want to work, I'm going to stick with them until we get it up," said Shiflett.

If you lost any items at the Foxfield Races or you know someone who has, items are available for pick up on Monday. The office number is 434-293-9501.

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