Benson is preparing for its sixth annual Keep Benson Beautiful cleanup event Saturday when volunteers from across the community will work together to beautify the town.
Weekend activities include weeding tree boxes along the historic Main Street district, planting flowers at Mary Duncan Public Library and Benton Corner, picking up debris/trash along roadways in town, cleaning of the grounds at town hall, Civic Center Park, Mitchell Nance Park and continued work at the P.K. Vyas Park.
The theme is “I Love Benson” — a campaign you may recognize from the storefront signs and bumper stickers around town.
Volunteers are asked to assemble in the former Benson Elementary gymnasium off Lee and Elm streets by 8:30 a.m. this Saturday. Breakfast will be provided. Teams of workers, wearing orange safety vests, will be assigned tasks and transported to projects across town.
Despite cloudy weekend weather last year, the event saw 87 volunteers, town employees and elected officials complete a total of 261 hours of work around town.
“It is exciting to see such heartfelt community pride in action. Benson is a wonderful town filled with wonderful folks. In fact, we believe that Benson is the best small town in North Carolina,” Town Manager Matt Zapp told reporters in 2015.
This year’s Keep Benson Beautiful will be capped with a volunteer lunch and celebration. Volunteers will be treated to pizza, sweet tea and desserts from an array of local restaurants. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to win door prizes and promotional items from local merchants. Courtesy The Daily Record