The annual Farmington River Clean-Up is more than just a chance to clean debris from the banks of the waterway. It can also be a great way to meet people, give back and enjoy some free food, said Aimee Petras, education and outreach coordinator for the Farmington River Watershed Association.
The organization is hosting its 25th Annual Farmington River Clean-up Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. While many people sign up ahead of time, anyone can still come out to the organization's headquarters at 749 Hopmeadow St. (Route 10) Saturday morning, where groups will head out to spots in Avon, Barkhamsted, Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury and Windsor to clear the banks of the river.
Groups such as the Avon Lions Club and the Irving Robbins Middle School green team are helping out. People of varying ages and physical fitness are welcome, Petras said. Some spots will be easy to acccess and others more difficult.
"We send people based on their abilities," Petras said.
Garbage bags and gloves are provided to all participants through donations from local businesses and stores.
In addition, the organization will provide apples and cider from Avon Cider Mill and a post clean-up lunch back at the headquarters on Hopmeadow Street (Route 10).
For more information about the organization visit www.frwa.org.