America in Bloom judge Katy Moss Warner, left, talks with Bev Dunkle, Gallipolis in Bloom President, middle, and fellow America in Bloom judge Barbara Vincentsen, right. Previously, Warner spoke to guests who attended the reception in her and Vincentsen’s honor Monday night at the French Art Colony. Winners of the America in Bloom program will be announced on Oct. 4 at the AIB National Symposium in Philadelphia. Gallipolis is competing this year against Lewisburg, W.Va., Slippery Rock, Pa., and the University of Findlay, Ohio, in the 3,500 to 4,500 population category.
Barbara Vincentsen, far left, and Katy Moss Warner, second from left, visit with Gallipolis residents during a reception in their honor at the French Art Colony Monday evening. The America in Bloom judges were in town again on Tuesday, touring the Old French City and evaluating the city on heritage preservation, environmental efforts, urban forestry, landscapes, floral displays and community involvement. This year makes Gallipolis’ ninth entry in the nationwide program through which they have won numerous awards. Officials hope that 2014 will be another successful year for Gallipolis through America in Bloom.