Get Swept Up! aims to clean up Starkville

Staff Writer

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is inviting Starkville residents to Get Swept Up! in preparation for football season.

Groups and individuals can volunteer at no cost to help clean up Starkville during Get Swept Up! on Aug. 29.

Partnership Special Events and Projects Coordinator Paige Watson said registered volunteers can pick up their T-shirts early at the Partnership beginning at 8 a.m., and volunteers will be assigned where to go. Shipley’s Donuts will be provided.

“Get Swept Up! is a good way to get the entire community involved in welcoming our visitors,” Watson said. “I think it says a lot about our community that we work together to clean up our town every year for our guests at the beginning of football season. It is a unifying effort.”

Watson said 400 to 500 volunteers are expected to participate this year.

Volunteers can pull weeds, trim shrubberies, pick up trash and whatever else is needed to clean up Starkville before the first home football game.

Starkville residents are also encouraged to fly their Mississippi State University flags and mow, trim and spruce up their homes and yards.

Watson said volunteers should wear comfortable clothes, and gloves, bottled water and trash bags will be provided.

Watson said any participants who wear their Get Swept Up! T-shirts to The Little Dooey, an event sponsor, will receive a combo for $5.

To volunteer, contact Watson at the Partnership at (662) 323-3322 or visit