GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis in Bloom had a meeting with members new and old at Courtside Grill Thursday as they prepare for the arrival of the America in Bloom judges two weeks from the day of the meeting.
AIB judges Karin Rindal and Teresa Woodard will arrive to judge both July 13 and 14. GIB President Bev Dunkle along with Volunteer Coordinator Kim Canaday discussed the necessity of cutting back sweet potato vine as it was “taking over” some potting containers. Dedication of the Gallipolis amphitheatre in the public access area would hold its dedication July 3 at noon which GIB members intended to be present for.
Volunteers were gathered to create specialized name-tags for GIB members when the judges arrived. Individuals planning to attend meals with the judges were asked to sign up. Other last minute arrangements were made before the judges’ arrival.
As a veteran participant, Gallipolis has earned numerous America in Bloom awards in the past. Gallipolis was the winner of the population award in 2011 and 2014. It also earned the outstanding achievement award for floral displays in 2006 and 2013 and the outstanding achievement award for overall impression in 2014.
In addition to receiving detailed written evaluation from the judges citing strengths and opportunities for improvement, participants receive a bloom rating and special mention for what the judges deem to be an extraordinary project or program. Additional awards that can be earned such as the population category award, outstanding achievement award (a “best of the best” overall evaluation in six categories), special awards, community champion and YouTube video award.
Last year, GIB scored 824 out of 1,000 points. The previous year, the organization scored 769 out of 1,000 points. Competitors in the America in Bloom competition are graded on six categories: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, environmental efforts, heritage preservation and overall impression. Gallipolis rated its highest in heritage preservation and floral displays in 2016.
Dean Wright can be reached for 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.