Bragg Jam Clean-Up
Trash lined the streets of downtown Macon on Sunday after Bragg Jam’s concert crawl left numerous beer bottles and debris on the sidewalk and many people navigating the mess.However, the Rookery on Cherry Street managed to tidy up before Sunday brunch.
"About 3:30 a.m some people who were left here took trash cans around and we picked up as many bottles from the inside as we could,” Rookery assistant manager Wayne Temple said.
The Rookery is one of the 12 venues that hosted bands for Bragg Jam. The bar and grill experienced heavy foot traffic and a lot of trash after the festival, but for the people who work there, it's just another day of cleaning up.
"We have a great crew that comes in,” Temple said. “They all serve tables and have been doing it for awhile. It's not the first time doing Bragg Jam.”
While the Rookery was able to clean up their Bragg Jam mess fairly quickly, outside all along Cherry Street, trashcans were overflowing with beer cans and bottles from the night before. A lot of the trash spilled onto the sidewalk which left many people concerned about walking around.
"There are a lot of broken bottles everywhere,” downtown visitor Anna Richards said. “My sandals don't really protect from that kind of stuff."
Besides glass on the sidewalk some people visiting downtown said they weren’t happy seeing all the trash from the night before.
"It looked like a city dump,” downtown visitor Richardson Maerk said. “That's what it looks like when I got out here this morning, like a city dump out here."
However, Temple points out that the trash problem should be cleaned up when city crews hit the streets on Monday.
“It’s Sunday,” he said. “The city hasn't been out to do a whole lot of work, everything is still looking a little rough but tomorrow it'll be just like it was on Thursday."
Around 3000 people filled the downtown area on Saturday for Bragg Jam and some business owners said it was one of the best money making nights this summer.