Honors for the prestigious 2012 America in Bloom (AIB) national awards program were announced at the annual symposium held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Sept. 22.
Lakeside competed in the population category of 3001 - 4,500, receiving a three bloom rating and a special mention for its efforts in Community Involvement, and won in its population category.
America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said, “America in Bloom participation is helping communities achieve their potential. The accomplishments and progress shown by this year's towns and cities is remarkable.”
Lakeside was judged on seven criteria: overall impression, community involvement, environmental awareness, heritage, urban forestry, landscape, and floral displays, across three sectors: municipal, residential, and commercial.
Specially trained judges visited towns of similar populations and spent two days touring each town, meeting municipal officials, residents and volunteers.
The judges, Diane Clasen and Bill Hahn, commented, "Congratulations to Lakeside for placing a high value on quality of life, and for embarking on a quest with America in Bloom which we hope will further enhance many facets of life for your residents and visitors. Lakeside is no traditional community, but is definitely a destination! "
For more information on America in Bloom, visit www.americainbloom.org.