Lewisburg was the winner of the Circle of Champions – Tall population category. Lewisburg was also the winner of the Coolest Downtown special award, one of 10 surprise awards announced during the symposium. Lewisburg received an 8-star rating out of a possible 10 stars and received special recognition for its flowers. Tony Ferrara and Steve Zwiep, AIB judges, spent two days touring the community, meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. Other communities in the Circle of Champions – Tall population category were Belpre, OH; Greendale, IN; and Logan, OH.

All participants were evaluated on seven criteria: overall impression, community vitality, environmental efforts, heritage celebration, urban forestry, landscaped areas, and flowers. Additionally, they were judged on their community involvement across municipal, residential, and commercial sectors. America in Bloom is the only national awards program that sends specially trained judges to personally visit participants. In addition, each participant receives a detailed written evaluation that can be used as a guide to future improvements.

America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said, “America in Bloom is helping towns and cities of all sizes achieve their potential. Every year…

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