After working for about an hour, they placed the bags of trash they had collected in a heap and waited for someone in a boat to come pick them up.
While they waited, they thought about what they had found and wandered if they had found an unusual item.
The family was interested in finding something unusual, because they could win an award for the most unusual item found during the lakeshore clean-up.
It wasn't long before David Taylor of Scottsville pulled up in his boat to collect the Wards, as well as their trash.
Already on board Taylor's boat were Richard and Michelle Haliburton of Scottsville and their children, Zachary, 19, and Emily, 17.
The Haliburtons have been participating in the Trashmasters Classic for about nine years. They do so, “Because it's the right thing to do,” said Michelle. “It just makes me feel good to know we've kept our environment livable.”
Like the Wards, the Haliburtons were also searching for something they could declare as the most unusual piece of trash.
Among the items they found was part of the undercarriage of a car, three tires and an old Wesson Oil bottle.
As the Haliburtons and Wards turned in the trash they had collected, Ronald Fox, 11, also with Boy Scout Troop 868 of Shepherdsville, sat on the curb of the boat ramp.
This marked his third year for taking part in the Trashmasters Classic.
“I think we are the only troop here,” Ronald said.
He talked about camping in the rain Friday night and said it was “all right. We always get rained on, so I guess it was a normal night.”
Fox and his fellow scouts found more trash this year than they did in 2012, he said.
“There were mountains of trash my second year,” he said.