International Bloom judges coming next week

Trail residents can do their part to help keep Trail beautiful.

Next week, Trail will be put under the microscope as the city is judged in the Small Town category of the Communities in Bloom International competition.

After visiting Castlegar,  the two judges, Piet Boorsma from the Netherlands and Lucie Gagné of Quebec, will be in Trail on Tuesday, with judging on Wednesday.

Trail is one of six municipalities entered in the category and will be going up against Castlegar, Jasper, Stettler, The Community of Fogo in Newfoundland, The Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain in Manitoba, and the only non-Canadian entry: Moynalty Village in Ireland.

With international judges visiting Trail, there is a few things that residents can do over the weekend for some last minute beautification and clean-up. Communities in Bloom has a few suggestions: mow your lawn, take down any christmas decorations, clean up weeds on boulevards and sidewalks, pick up any litter around town, especially in the covered staircases and deadhead flowers in parks, but make sure not to litter.