The heads of the Tucumcari Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tucumcari are looking forward to next weekend’s Trek for Trash which according to Yvette Fezekas, Beautification Coordinator for the City of Tucumcari, could well be one of the biggest and most successful ones in Tucumcari history with the Keep Tucumcari Beautiful program.
Fezekas said that much has been done over the summer because of the large number of activities like the Mother Road Rally, the Route 66 Festival, the Rattler Reunion and most especially the New Mexico Municipal League meeting.
“People have really been working hard on the city,” said Fezekas, “and we want to keep it going. We want Tucumcari to look as good as it can.”
That is the reason the beautification coordinator said that both the city and the chamber of commerce are pushing for volunteers to come out on Saturday, Sept. 25, to help with the city’s clean up.
Fezekas said with sufficient volunteers the clean up would be not only a major positive for the city but also more fun for the individuals involved in the actual clean up. Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Virginia Wright agreed saying that virtually all the people who take part in the clean up have a good time. “I think we all do,” said Wright. “Besides you get free food, a tee shirt and gifts too.”
Fezekas said while the picnic atmosphere that follows the clean up is not necessarily the reason that people come out to pick up trash throughout the city, it does definitely “add to the fun.”
Volunteers need not be just individuals who want to come and help out, according to Fezekas, but groups often come out. She said different social groups come out, unions, city employees, high school and junior high clubs, social groups, and church groups all take part. “I guess you could say it is a good cross-section of the people of Tucumcari who care about the city,” said Fezekas.
The Trek for Trash is part of New Mexico Clean and Beautiful campaign. The Trek for Trash will begin at the Chamber of Commerce building on west Route 66 Boulevard at 9 a.m. For more information call 461-2143.