In spite of overcast skies and the threat of rain, more than 35 people came out March 23 to help clean upAmite in preparation for the Cleanest City Contest.

The Stem and Stamen Garden Club began the clean-up days, but since October, other groups have joined the effort, cooperatively known as the Amite Pride Project.

Working were members of the garden club, the Mayor’s Office, the Chamber of Commerce, Nurturing Our Roots Gallery, First United Methodist Church, Mayor’s Fitness Council and three of the town’s council members.

Besides trimming and pruning of the corner flower beds, the members collected more than 60 bags of garbage.

First United Methodist Church of Amite won the first-place prize and $100 for collecting the most amount of trash.

The second-place prize of $60 went to Nurturing Our Roots Gallery and owner Antionette Harrell, and Town Councilman Emmanuel Zanders III won third place and $40.

Prize money was donated by the Amite Arts Council, the Amite Chamber of Commerce and the Law Office of Renee Raborn and Molland.

The next Amite Pride Clean Up Day is July 13, organizers said.