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River trash to be removed Saturday
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McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club’s River Ride and Clean Up will be held Saturday at Pepper Branch Park beginning at 8 a.m. Join the effort and “Ride for Ernie.”
This year’s event will be missing one of its strongest supporters, that being Ernie Campbell.
“We wanted to dedicate our clean-up day to Ernie, who loves the river so much he has been a team captain in every ride we’ve held,” said Breakfast Rotary past president Rachel Killebrew. “Ernie has cancer and is very sad he will have to miss this ride.”
The fifth annual event will be bigger and better than last year.
“We have expanded the project this year,” said Killebrew. “Along with some new sponsors and groups helping out, we have extended the distance to be cleaned.”
The official cleanup effort will be from Pepper Branch Park to Rocket Park, with Kids of the Community tacking on an extra mile.
“Kids of the Community will be bringing its kayaks and cleaning up a mile of the river beyond Rocket Park,” said Killebrew.
Registration and breakfast will be served to participants at 7:30 a.m. at Pepper Branch Park. Each registered participant must sign a waiver and will be assigned gloves, life jacket, trash bags, a team and a boat. 
Volunteers will be divided into seven teams and assigned to clean different parts of the river. Each team will have an experienced team captain. The first team will leave Pepper Branch Park at 8 a.m. with the float ending around 2 p.m.
Since the clean-up effort began on the Barren Fork River, 13.5 tons of trash have been removed. For more information, call Neal Cox at 235-5660 or Killebrew at 808-3419.