Adam Jackson / Black Press
The sun was shining and flowers were blossoming — it was the perfect day for the Town of Stettler.
Judges from Communities in Bloom, a Canadian municipal beautification project, strolled into town on July 17 and according to Rob Spencer of the beautification committee, they were impressed with what they saw.
The actual judging took place on July 18 when Spencer and other members of the beautification committee took the judges on a tour.
“I think it went really well,” said Spencer. “We had a chance to show them a lot of the different things in the community and different initiatives.”
“They were happy with the things they saw and complimentary of a lot of the stuff going on in the community.”
One thing that stood out for the judges was the cleanliness of the town and friendliness of the people.
“It’s hard to know what they really pick up on sometimes,” said Spencer. “You hear them ask questions and comment on things, but you never know whether they’re asking it in a good way or bad way.”
Spencer was sure to show the judges heritage pieces in the community as a part of the tour.
“Certainly they got a good taste of what the town is all about and how we keep the town looking,” said Spencer.
To prepare for the judging, the Town of Stettler and beautification committee didn’t actually do much work.
“There was more administrative work involved in getting everyone set up for the tours,” said Spencer.
“Of course us and the town workers took a bit of special care when cleaning up, but we didn’t do too much.”
Spencer and town directors spent a lot of time this year writing and setting up a community profile book, which is used as reference material for the judges.
“We can also use that material to promote the town,” said Spencer.
Results will not be known until mid-October when the award ceremony takes place in Quebec City.
“We won’t get out detailed breakdown, good points, bad points and recommendations until afterward,” said Spencer. “It’s a long time to wait for it, but we have had some letters from judges saying that we did an excellent job.”