Float Fest crew tackles gargantuan beer can cleanup
Young partiers by the thousands descended upon tiny Martindale last weekend and left behind 40,000 beer cans and — somewhat provocatively — enough clothes and shoes to fill several bags.
But it’s cool. Martindale was ready for them.
The party was the annual Float Fest, which drew a thirsty crowd of 10,000+ to the San Marcos River on the Cool River Ranch just east of San Marcos on July 21-22.
Guests were allowed to camp by night, float the river by day and listen to two stages’ worth of live music the rest of the time. Artists including Run The Jewels, Modest Mouse, Tame Impala and Snoop Dogg performed.
Having wrapped up its fifth year, Float Fest has been tied to trash trouble before and this year they hired a group to help with trash collection rather than rely solely on volunteers. A San Antonio Express-News story said Float Fest workers collected 40,000 beer cans.
(If you’re counting, that’s 3,333 twelve-packs of beer, plus an extra four-pack of something fancy.)
This Texas State University Star report from Sunday said that volunteers were practically chasing tubers down the river, collecting trash as it was discarded — despite the 104-degree heat.