SOMERSET, Ky. — Somerset-Pulaski County’s spring clean-up event is returning in 2021 and will coincide with the world’s largest environmental day of celebration.
The Somerset-Pulaski County Clean Sweep will be Thursday, April 22, which is also Earth Day and precedes the Somernites Cruise opening weekend. Local businesses, residents, and students will rally to pick up litter along U.S. 27, downtown Somerset streets, the Ky. 914 bypass, and roadways near industrial parks, joining what is Eastern KY PRIDE’s largest event across 42 counties. More than 1,000 people participate annually.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s spring event, the Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA) partnered with Eastern KY PRIDE and six other local organizations to bring it back in the fall and make it a biannual event. The Clean Sweep will now be held every spring and fall, doubling efforts to beautify the community.
The fall event included a new component to encourage students to get involved in being good stewards of the environment. The Triple Bag Challenge was a week-long contest for all elementary through high school students living in Somerset and Pulaski County. Students who picked up three bags of trash from roadways in the community received a chance to win one of several prizes — including an Xbox, gift cards, gas cards, and SomerSplash Waterpark passes. Participants were asked to post before and after photos of their cleanup efforts to Facebook and/or Instagram using #spctriplesweep.
Somerset-Pulaski County Clean Sweep partners also include Lake Cumberland Tourism, the Somerset Tourist and Convention Commission, Waste Connections, the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, the Pulaski County Recycling Center, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.