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Volunteers clean up wallets, cans and more after RAGBRAI party in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

RAGBRAI riders left their mark in Independence after Friday's overnight stop.

"There were a lot of beverage cans. The smell was very strong this morning, but that's a great sign," said Michelle McBride of Independence.

McBride helped organize the set-up and clean-up of the Friday's party.

"There's a lot of aftermath that goes into RAGBRAI in a community," she said.

However, McBride said the long hours of work -- both with preparation and clean-up -- are worth the publicity and bringing people to her hometown.

She said volunteers found wallets, debit cards, bracelets, even used condoms after Friday night's RAGBRAI festivities in Independence.

"Obviously when you look at the trash or the leftover signs or whatever it might be, it's a little daunting at first, but it's a sign that a good time was had here in Independence," said McBride.

Kelly Weyant of Nickelback Redemption was busy collecting what she estimates could be about 10,000 cans.

"It does get dirty sometimes," she said.

Weyant said Nickelback Redemption will donate all proceeds from the cans collected from Friday night's party back to the community for programs catered toward kids.

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