Organizing a Local Contest

Many entrants find it beneficial to organize a "mini-contest" to raise awareness and participation. There are several ways to organize this type of event so that it fits your entry classification and goals.

The objectives of a local contest are to:

  • Increase awareness of the national awards program and its direct and indirect benefits to the environment, the entrant and to the quality of life.
  • Promote the development of ornamental horticulture.
  • Encourage the promotion of tourism.
  • Create opportunities for residents' participation.
Targeted audiences include:
  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • Public institutions (schools, libraries, churches)
  • Neighborhoods
  • Civic groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimists, Jaycees, Young Professionals and many others)
Competition categories can be modified to your target audience; here are just a few examples:
  • Balconies in Bloom
  • Containers in Bloom
  • Best Bloomin’ Business
  • Best Bloomin’ Mobile Home
  • Churches in Bloom
  • Most Prolific Vegetable Garden