America in Bloom results to be shared in September

| August 29, 2013

COSHOCTON – Coshocton participated in the America in Bloom competition again this year.  This friendly competition judges cities in six categories:  Floral Displays, Landscaped Areas, Urban Forestry, Environmental Efforts, Heritage Preservation, and Overall Impression.

This year Coshocton competed with two other cities of similar populations:  Tarboro, North Carolina and Demopolis, Alabama. Coshocton’s two judges arrived Wednesday evening.  Alex Pearl drove up from the Cincinnati area; he is one of the originators of the America in Bloom organization. Ed Hooker flew in from Kansas; he has a strong background in history and architect.

Thursday, members of the CIB committee drove the judges around the part of Coshocton east of the Muskingum River. The group met officials from the city government and the Port Authority. In the downtown area, the judges viewed the Park Hotel and Court House plantings. Annin Flag, the Community Gardens and County Services Building were toured in the afternoon. After a short drive through various neighborhoods, the judges finished the tour at Rock Tenn. Friday’s tour concentrated on the area west of the Muskingum River with visits to Roscoe Hills Farm, Clary Gardens and a walk from Caldersburg Cemetery to Roscoe Village. After Roscoe Village Education Interpreters shared some of Roscoe’s history, the judges visited Medbery Marketplace. A brief stop at the Roscoe Village Visitor Center and a walk through the Memorial Garden completed the judges’ visit for America in Bloom.

By now, all the cities competing in the America in Bloom program have been visited by judges and the evaluations are being reviewed.  Results for this nationwide competition will be announced at the America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Program which takes place Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 19-21, in Orlando, Fla. Those participating will be attending several presentations and taking many tours.  Cities that accumulated the most points from the judges’ evaluations will be announced in each of the six categories mentioned above and overall winners in each population category will be announced at the banquet on the 21st. In addition, there is a Community Champion Award which will be presented to someone showing exemplary qualities in leadership. Coshocton is Blooming nominated Bill Freund for this award. The Coshocton is Blooming Committee expresses thanks and gratitude for those helping with all things good from Coshocton. Their goal is to plant pride in Coshocton and make it a place of beauty for all.

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