GALLIPOLIS — Officials in Gallipolis literally rolled out the red carpet on Monday morning as the entire town prepped their “rockin’ in red” floral displays and welcomed the America in Bloom judges.
Veteran AIB Judges Katy Moss Warner and Barbara Vincentsen were in town on Monday and will be touring Gallipolis again on Tuesday, as members of the Gallipolis in Bloom Committee show them around the Old French City.
This year makes Gallipolis’ ninth entry in the America in Bloom national awards program and the city has won numerous awards during their years spent “planting pride in Gallipolis.”
In 2013, Gallipolis earned a three-bloom rating in the under 4,000 population category and an outstanding achievement award for its floral displays. Outstanding achievement awards only go to one participating town among all the America in Bloom entrants and across all population categories.
In addition, Gallipolis in Bloom President Bev Dunkle was named as AIB’s 2013 Community Champion during the symposium held in Orlando, Fla., last September.
This year, Gallipolis is competing against Lewisburg, W.Va., Slippery Rock, Pa., and the University of Findlay, Ohio, in the 3,500 to 4,500 population category.
Entrants are evaluated by the judges’ overall impression, heritage preservation, environmental efforts, urban forestry, landscapes, floral displays and community involvement. The judges evaluate these criteria in the residential, commercial and municipal sectors.
Participants have opportunities to receive recognition in the following areas: bloom rating, population category winner; outstanding achievement award — the “best of the best” over all participants in each of the six evaluated criteria; special mention — for what the judges deem to be an extraordinary project or program; population category winners are invited to participate in international competition via the Communities in Bloom program in Canada; community champion; YouTube Video Award.
To date, more than 220 towns and cities from 41 states have participated in the program and more than 20 million people have been touched by it. Awards will be announced Oct. 4 at AIB’s National Symposium and Awards, held this year in Philadelphia.
For further information on the America in Bloom program, visit their website at americainbloom.org.