Group comes together to clean up Greenville before Danish Festival

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:10 am on Friday, August 03, 2012

The Clean up Greenville by Danish Festival event will begin Aug. 8 and run through Aug. 15. From left, Cindy Schofield, Steve Schofield, Zach Schofield, Samantha Petersen and Tayler Schofield stand next to Danish Kingdom, just one of the many places that will be cleaned up through the event. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Local groups, organizations, churches and volunteers are coming together to beautify Greenville before the Danish Festival.

Steve Schofield of Greenville wanted to reach out in the community and make difference by doing “something uncomfortable on purpose,” which means he wanted to do something out of his comfort zone and help the community.

“My church (Greenville Community Church) has been involved with community activities in the past, they encourage to help out our community with service projects,” Schofield said. “I got the sense the good Lord laid this project on my heart.”

He started a group called Clean up Greenville by Danish Festival in hopes of volunteers joining him to help prep the city for the festival.

The idea is to clean up trash in areas in and around Greenville to beautify and highlight Greaenville in a bright way.

On Schofield’s website,, volunteers were able to pick a location and time in which they would like to participate and clean up that area.

The information collected will be forwarded to city officials so they are aware when people will be at certain locations.

“I don’t want to cause any concerns having individuals at places picking up trash,” he said.

Schofield said he talked with not only city officials but Danish Festival leaders and others to come up with a complete list of what could be done.

“So, I started coming up with a plan and trying to accomplish the task,” he said.
Clean up Greenville by Danish Festival will begin on Aug. 8 and go through Aug. 15 (excluding Sunday), Schofield said.

This is the first time Schofield has put this event together, and so far has received a good response from the community and surrounding areas.

Carolyn Johnson, a volunteer from Stanton, plans to volunteer with her group to clean up the Danish Kingdom on the east side of the city.

Johnson said although she does not live in Greenville, she does spend time in the city and uses its facilities.

“I have always enjoyed Danish Festival,” Johnson said. “Making it cleaner will benefit everyone.”

For more information on the event, the areas being cleaned and how to volunteer, go to

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