Trash cleaned, prizes given out at 2011 River Sweep event

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The 2011 River Sweep event was held on Saturday, with 6 states participating in the effort to clean the entire shoreline of the Ohio River.

For 22 years, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) has led the efforts of River Sweep, with more than 20,000 helping to clean the banks of the Ohio River last year.

At River Sweep, the banks of the river are combed as volunteers gather garbage and debris, even more important this year after the mass floodings in the area.

There were more than 700 site locations set up for Saturday's event, with some in every county along the river. Volunteers were given trash bags, gloves, and even a free tee shirt in exchange for their participation.

Every year, a prize is awarded to the person who finds the most unusual item at each site. In the past, volunteers have found a boxed up wedding dress and a class ring. This year, the Schmidt field site gave two Kings Island tickets to their winner, who found an old Crown Bottle Company bottle.

In Hamilton County there were two locations where work took place - Schmidt field and Fernbank Park.

Final attendance for the event has not yet been calculated, but organizers say for the dreary weather during the event, they were happy with the turnout. About 100 people came to the Schmidt Field location alone.

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