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National Communities in Bloom judges to tour Essex July 26

Posted on Wednesday July 12, 2017

Essex is working hard to make a good impression on national Communities in Bloom (CIB) judges when they visit the town from July 25 to 27.

Two volunteer judges will arrive on Tuesday, July 25 and will embark on a full-day tour of Essex on Wednesday, July 26. The tour will include stops in all four urban centres.

“We’re excited to showcase our community once again as part of the national Communities in Bloom competition,” says Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services.

Essex has participated annually in the Communities in Bloom program since 2006, transitioning from the provincial to the national competition in 2010. The Town won the coveted top spot in the 9,001 to 20,000 population category in 2015 and took a break in 2016 to focus on achieving some large goals. This year, Essex is back in the running, competing in the “Class of Champions: Large Category” against Brandon, Manitoba and Leduc, Alberta.

Communities are judged based on six criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape, and floral displays. Community involvement is considered in the evaluation of all criteria.

“It’s not really about competing with other municipalities,” says Sweet. “It’s about challenging ourselves, continually making improvements and fostering a unified effort throughout the municipality to enhance our surroundings and show our personal and community pride.”

Local residents are encouraged to participate by tidying up and beautifying their properties for Wednesday, July 26.