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Communities In Bloom Judges Return To Goderich

Goderich | by Fadi Didi  

Gaeton Deschenes and Jack Clasen to judge new category in international competition.

Once again, Canada's Prettiest Town is up for national recognition for its green spaces and community pride.

Judges from the Communities In Bloom contest visited Goderich Friday.

Gaeton Deschenes from Montreal, Quebec and Jack Clasen of Raleigh, North Carolina spoke with reporters at the Rotary Cove pavilion about their criteria in the contest.

Goderich is a contestant in the "Canada 150 non-competitive" category of the competition this year, introduced in 2017 in recognition of Canada's sesquicentennial anniversary.

Before the judges embarked on a tour of Canada's Prettiest Town, Gaeton says the strong volunteer community was apparent in Goderich's green spaces.

He points to a senior working on a garden bed as an example of the pride residents have in keeping the town beautiful.

Despite a tornado destroying much of Goderich's core six years ago, Clasen says the twister has no bearing on his judgment of the town because of its high aesthetic value before the destruction.

Deschenes says Courthouse Park has made marked improvements, as well, since his last visit four years ago.

Among the features he notes are the steel benches in the downtown core, and the performance stage.

Goderich is not the only Huron County town taking part in this year’s Communities in Bloom contest.

South Huron is competing for areas between 4,501 and 15 thousand residents, while Lambton Shores and Sarnia are each in the non-evaluated portion of the contest.

Goderich has previously been named Grand Champion, and the winners of this year's competition will be named at a ceremony in Ottawa in September.

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