Press Release - 2017 Bloom Competition Results Are In
The 2017 Bloom Competition wrapped up at last night’s annual Communities in Bloom BBQ and Awards Ceremony. The Town of Whitecourt and the Communities in Bloom Committee thank the community for making this year’s competition a success.
“Every year it is an absolute delight to be able to view all our nominees’ gardens,” said Helen Schutte, Whitecourt Communities in Bloom Committee Member. “Our nominees work hard to create beauty in their little corner of the world. I think their efforts may also encourage their neighbours to do a little something extra. Being a long time gardener myself, I know the pleasure we all derive from planning, digging, planting, nurturing and watching our gardens grow – despite what challenges the weather may bring us. I thank everyone for participating and helping to make our town beautiful.”
A total of 37 nominations were received from across the community, and awards were presented as follows:
- Residential Front & Back Yard
- Residential Front Yard Only
- Mobile Home
- Non-Profit Agency:
- Commercial/Industrial: *Two first place winners
- The Kanata Hotel
- Mountain West Services
The four winners in the Residential and Non-Profit Agency categories received stepping stones crafted by artists who are members of the Society of Whitecourt Arts Council. There was a draw for the fifth stepping stone between the 6 second place winners. The Commercial/Industrial category had two first place winners this year; each receiving an etched glass trophy. All participants were presented with a colour print of some of the pictures taken during judging to say thank you for all their hard work.
Two special “Honour Awards” were also presented last night. These awards honoured the commitment of local volunteers who spearheaded beautification initiatives for two organizations, and the work they did to create spaces that welcome the community. These awards were given to the Friends of Whitecourt for the hospital grounds, and to the Community Lunch Box for enhancements made to its property located on the corner of 49 Street and 52 Avenue.
“It’s the combined contributions of individual residents and property owners in Whitecourt that make our community so beautiful. This competition recognizes these efforts, and helps to showcase the hard work and time so many put into their garden and landscape,” remarked Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak. “Thank you to all of the volunteers on the Whitecourt Communities in Bloom Committee for their dedication throughout the year implementing this program and other initiatives throughout our community!”
If you would like to volunteer on the Communities in Bloom Committee, contact the Whitecourt Recreation Manager at 780-778-3637 ext. 407. Information on the Committee and local initiatives can be found on www.whitecourt.ca.