Keep it clean

What’s more fun that spray painting a storm drain? Spray painting about 200 storm drains!

Thanks to a few tireless community volunteers, educational outreach folks from the Division of Water Quality, a little ‘ole me, Green Thing (I’m the one taking the picture), the State Fair is now “tagged” with a very important message – don’t toss litter down a storm drain because it pollutes our rivers and streams! In fact, stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in North Carolina and the nation, according to the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources.

We met this morning at the crack of 9 a.m., distributed brooms, paint and stencils, picked a brave soul to do the first drain (in an out-of-sight location…just in case) then we were off! After three hours of searching for storm drains (“OOH! There’s one!”) our message can now be seen all over the fairgrounds.

So, when you visit the fair this year, see how many of these you can find.

Then come by the Green NC exhibit near Gate 11 to learn more about protecting our planet. And please, do as the stencil says, “Keep it clean!”

About Blue Ribbon

Natalie Alford blogged for the 2009-2011 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: I work at the Fairgrounds year-round, so I'm always in the middle of the fun! During the Fair, I work with the press office team to organize events and exhibits, and log a lot of miles on my pedometer. I'm also the County Agricultural Fairs Coordinator, which means I license, promote and visit North Carolina's agricultural fairs and enjoy thousands of blue ribbon entries every year. I hope to see you at the Fair!


  1. Looks like you guys did a great job with the stenciling project — and had a fun time while you were at it!

  2. Merrie Go Round

    Way to go Green Thing! Cute post!!

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