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Hello and welcome to scenic St. Charles, Illinois, home of the 2019 America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Celebration. As you will see upon your arrival, we are Blooming by the River, and have been since 1834. Our town sits astride the beautiful Fox River, a wondrous natural resource that drew our first residents – Illinois’ indigenous people – to our valley thousands of years ago. It was also the mighty Fox River that attracted early settlers who relied on the river as a source of power and transportation. The stories of these bygone days are alive and well today, thanks to a culture that honors the past while taking great strides toward the future.

While in St. Charles you will have the chance to visit the historic Hotel Baker as well as the inventive Arcada Theatre Speakeasy; stroll peaceful Mount St. Mary’s Park, with its arboretum and sculpture display; and absorb the energy of our vibrant downtown, decked out in fall colors for our award-winning ScarecrowFest.

We have enjoyed our years with America in Bloom and are eager to share what our participation has helped our city achieve. Come bloom with us this October!

Sincerely,
The AIB St. Charles Host Committee