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Work far from over for SunFest crews as clean up continues

Posted at 8:34 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 08:41:31-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- SunFest 2019 is in the books.

The four-day music festival wrapped up with a bang of fireworks on Sunday night, bringing in thousands of people that day -- despite the rain.

But the work is far from over for the SunFest crews as clean up continues.

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You can call them the unsung heroes of SunFest -- those who work long hours picking up trash after thousands of concertgoers.

Keith Urban wrapped up his performance around 10:30 p.m. Sunday on the Ford Stage to a huge crowd of excited fans. As soon as the post-show fireworks concluded, clean up crews were already seen out in full force picking all of the discarded bottles, food wrappers and beer cans.

And when WPTV morning crews arrived at the scene around 4 a.m., the grounds were already mostly cleaned up of trash, with filled bags and bins waiting to be emptied.

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The field in front of the Ford stage was empty of any major trash, other than a bottle or two.

Crews have said they work about 18 to 22 hours per day in rotating shifts to keep the grounds clean.

There are also separate crews brought in to break down stages, tents, ramps, cables and other set ups around the site.

The stages will begin being dismantled late Monday morning.

Clean up will continue throughout the day so don't expect this part of downtown to be accessible just yet. Road signs indicate openings and break down should conclude by Wednesday.