LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The twin spires cast a shadow over tons of trash Sunday. Churchill Downs officials admit there is a massive mess the day after Derby. That's ok for some groups, who sign up for the dirty job.
Churchill's trash may just be their treasure chest. Non-profit groups, like Boy Scout troops and athletic teams, signed up to help clean up. The annual post-Derby effort provides them a fundraising opportunity.
"It's hard to find fundraisers that have large lump sums of money. We'd have to do five or six fundraisers to be equivalent to this one," Sheena Haynes-Wardford said, Louisville Central High School assistant basketball coach.
Manual's Softball team worked trash duty in the Paddock. "It's kind of hard. It's not easy work," Jannah Brentlinger said, but when they all pitch in she said it pays off. "We need lights for our softball field, so hopefully this will help attain our goal."
Some groups earn up to $4,000 in exchange for a hard day of work, depending on how many teammates or members show up.
They work hand-in-hand with maintenance crews. At least 600 people from all over the metro and across state lines vie to secure a spot.
"At the end of the day we know we've helped out a lot. And we know the money is going towards our program," Brentlinger said.