Barstow 2010 Re-Cap
Well that was a weekend for the books. Clean-Dezert decided this year we would get a jump start on the weekend and shoot out to Barstow Thursday morning. We stopped off in Victorville to fill up on food for the BBQ and water for the volunteers. After spending over an hour filling 2 shopping carts and a large flat bed push cart we were off to Barstow. Figuring we could spend Thursday to set up and organize everything, we were pleasantly surprised that a couple people were already out there and were excited for the weekend to come.
Saturday morning was D day for us. We had 2 scrap metal bins and 6 dumpsters set up and ready to go dontated by BLM, Friends of El Mirage and the city of Barstow. By 9am we already had 425 people signed up, and we knew it was going to be a big event. We even decided to head back out and get more food just in case. With people trickling in all day long, the final tally for the participates was somewhere around 475 people. Thats about 100 more participates than last year. We were pretty confident that the dumpsters were going to be full and we would need to dump 2 of them during the event to keep them from over flowing. By the end of the weekend we were able to fill a total of 10 dumpsters and pull out roughly 300-400 tires.
At noon we put on the BBQ for all the participates, This was the point where we realized this was a huge event. The line for food reached across the entire camp. Luckily we had everything set up and started cooking early this year. It still took over an hour to get through lunch. I apologize for the wait, but I hope everyone enjoyed the food. This year with the help of Kevin Clowes and his father, we were able to provide fresh produce for the burgers.
After lunch we had the task of doing one of the biggest raffles I have ever been involved in and I am pretty sure the biggest raffle ever held in the desert. I lost count of how much product we had to give away, but I estimate it was probably around $8,000 worth of prizes and gift certificates. The grand price being a Full Floater rear axle donated by Camburg Engineering. We also had bumpstops, intake systems, gift certificates, and shirts from the biggest companies in the industry. This is the least we can do to give back to all the people who come out to help keep our deserts clean.
All in all this was by far the biggest and best clean-up we have had to date. Without the help from sponsors and friends there is no way we could have pulled this off. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped behind the scenes and worked hard to make this happen. So thank you Jerrod, Josb, Kevin, AJ, Kristina, Christine, Durr, Kevin, Kevin’s dad, Pahl, Kamber, Gary, Allison, Matt and to my girlfriend Lisa for letting me spend all my free time setting this up. Also a huge thanks to John and Rose at the BLM for all their hard work, Parkhouse Tire for disposing of all the tires we brought in and Rob for hauling those tires for me. And most importantly all of our sponsors and participates because without you guys there would be no clean up.
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