Lot's of people, organizations have pledged their help
A community-wide clean-up campaign to spruce up the town for Oildorado Days will be held Oct. 9.
Oildorado Inc. President Eric Cooper sent out a call for volunteers to scrub the city's face for the anticipated influx of as many as 50,000 visitors streaming into Taft for the 100th birthday bash Oct. 14-24.
“Thank you for your responses to my request for help with trash pick-up,” he wrote in an email.
Dr. Mark Richardson, superintendent/principal of Taft Union High School, Bob Hampton of Westside Waste Management, and Fred Schell, director of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau all said they'll help.
Richardson plans to make the clean-up effort a “class/spirit/community service project” for the school's students.
Hampton, who is a major sponsor of the Oildorado Days celebration, has also offered his full support, Cooper said.
Westside Waste Management employees will prowl Highway 119 from Elk Hills Road to Wood Street, Midway Road from the highway to Lincoln Street and Lincoln Street to Ash Street looking for trash and debris.
“They'll be out there on the 9th from 7 a.m. to noon,” Cooper said.
The clean-up is reminiscent of past Oildorado events when the community banded together to clean up the town so Taft could put on a good face for Oildorado visitors.
Downtown businesses chipped in, a fresh coat of paint was added to many storefronts, and the street and sidewalks were scrubbed.
For the 50th anniversary celebration in 1960, two downtown intersections were painted gold and the center line was painted gold.