Shamrock residents spruce up the city with Irish pride

    Local residents pitch in to help improve the look of Shamrock on the eve of the 73rd annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)<p>{/p}

    Shamrock residents braved the wind and weather on Thursday morning to volunteer and help beautify the city. Volunteers ranging from high school students to local residents gathered to pick up litter in preparation for the 73rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

    “When people first drive into town we want them to see that Irish pride,” said Jenny Morgan, volunteer coordinator.

    “Having pride in the city makes the whole city look better,” said Zachary Butler, volunteer. “When it’s all cleaned up people will say how nice it is. More people will want to come visit.”

    With large crowds expected to converge on Shamrock starting on Friday and through Sunday, the volunteers donned safety vests and did something to improve the look of the city. Areas targeted are where thousands of people are expected to either park near or travel to and from while attending the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

    “We’re trying to make it look really good so that people will want to come back and be a part of what we do here,” said Marshall Shortnacy, volunteer.

    The volunteers who started picking up garbage along exits and on-ramps at I-40 and at roads leading to hotels were surprised at how much garbage had accumulated.

    “It’s really kind of crazy the magnitude of garbage in certain areas so there’s just certain real problem areas,” said Morgan. “It takes a second to throw something out the window and it will sit there forever until someone picks it up.”

    With the trash picked up, visitors will see Irish pride in full swing during their visit to Shamrock.

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