On July 24 and 25, the District and Westbank First Nation will be visited by two judges with the National Communities in Bloom competition.
The judges will evaluate the communities on tidiness, environmental action, urban forestry, landscape and floral display.
“We are truly blessed to live in such a magnificent place,” said Annette Beaudreau, recreation and culture supervisor for the District of West Kelowna and co-chair of the local Communities in Bloom National Competition committee.
“We have been hosting Communities in Bloom judges for many years now and each year we are honoured by the comments on how beautiful our natural surroundings are.”
This is the seventh year of partnership between the District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation in the National Communities in Bloom competition, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of green spaces in community settings.
The district and wFN are supported by many sponsors and community volunteers and businesses.
During a welcome wine and cheese event set for July 24 in honour of the visit from the Communities in Bloom judges, the winners of the local Most Beautiful Competition will be announced.
How West kelowna fared in this year’s competition will be revealed at the October National Communities in Bloom award ceremony in Quebec City on Oct. 29.
“The district has historically maintained a five-bloom rating, which is the highest rating you can receive. This year we are hoping for a win in our population category,” said Beaudreau.
“We’ve worked hard this year on the points where we saw room for improvement last year and we have a great feeling about this competition.”
“Westbank First Nation is proud to hold a seven year partnership with the District of West Kelowna in the Communities in Bloom Initiative. It is this strong tie that has proven to be our competitive success throughout the years,” said Jolene Fosbery, assistant to the WFN economic development officer.
“Westbank First Nation works year-round to prepare for the Communities in Bloom annual competition. WFN staff work to maintain our lands and complete significant projects, growing civic pride within our community.”