Covington needs your vote to win ‘Beautify’ contest

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Volunteers at River Sweep ’19 in Covington not only picked up litter but also dug partially buried debris out of the river mud. 

River cleanup event one of five finalists in statewide competition

 COVINGTON, Ky. - Covington needs your help ... or rather your vote.

The City and its partners who organize the annual cleanup of litter on the riverfront - locally known as River Sweep - are one of five finalists in the Beautify the Bluegrass contest. 

The winner is determined by public vote.
To see videos about the five projects selected as finalists, and to vote, click HERE.
At River Sweep ’19, held June 15, about 50 volunteers spent 3 hours in Covington picking up over 2,000 pounds of trash from the banks of the Ohio River.
“I love the camaraderie of River Sweep and the fact that it not only beautifies the riverfront but also raises awareness of how we as a community can better prevent litter,” said Sheila Fields, the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator. “I think our volunteers deserve to be honored. Please vote for Covington!”
Voting ends Aug. 5.
The contest is sponsored by Kentucky Living, a magazine published by the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s office.
The winner of the public vote earns the Commonwealth’s Award, and Gov. Bevin will also select the winner of the Governor’s Award. The overall winner - announced during the Kentucky State Fair on Aug. 22 - will receive a barbecue dinner for 200, hosted by the governor.
Covington partners with the non-profit Keep Covington Beautiful to organize the River Sweep event, with help from Rumpke Waste & Recycling.
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