Area farmers and contractors gathered at the east side of the Lacey Complex Friday morning to move some earth.
The volunteers manned 15 bulldozers and a dirt scoop to clear 10 acres of land.
“It's the biggest community event moving dirt in the U.S.,” said Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation Board member Carl Drost.
The 10-acre plot includes a seven acre play area and overflow parking for the Lacey Complex. It also includes another 2 ½ acres of land for a playground, Drost said.
“It's in the long-term plan for Lacey,” he added.
Drost said many people always say to let them know if there's a project they could help with, and “I was turned down by nobody.”
“We're going to have fun,” Drost said.
Work began at the site at 7:30 a.m. and it will wrap up by 4 p.m., Drost said. The volunteers will receive snacks and lunch, and will get a full tank of gas this afternoon, he added.
Besides local people, volunteers came from as far away as Pella and Hedrick. They have children or grandchildren who play at the Lacey Complex, Drost said.
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