Committee hosts series of annual civic events
Second place went to David and Gerri Howse of 126 Valley Road. And a property at 29 Burnt Head Road in the east end of town, owned by Charlie and Daphne Piercey, finished in third spot.
A cash prize of $100 went to the first place winner, while $ 75 and $ 50 awards went to the second and third place winners, respectively. Mayor Sam Slade also presented all three winners with certificates on Aug. 29.
Honorable mentions went to Craig Oates and Bruce Brookings of 170 Water Street; Linda Mutrey, 19 Fraize Avenue and June McKay, 74 Burnt Head Road.
Each year names of the winners will be added to a plaque at the community centre, Cameron noted.
While they were pleased with the inaugural event, Cameron said the committee is already looking at making some changes to next year’s selection process.
The committee will still choose three top winners and honourable mentions, but, she said, “next summer residents will also be invited to enter or nominate their own properties for judging in this contest.”
There is no shortage of attractive property frontages around Carbonear, Cameron pointed out, adding, there are also a lot of well-manicured rear yards, which should not be overlooked.
While the first best garden contest was held in conjunction with the annual Carbonear Days in August, the committee spokeswoman said, because people have plants and flowers blooming at various times throughout the summer, next year’s contest will continue all summer and be judged at the end of that season.
Dianne Butt, Rick Slade and Steve Sheppard share the duties of chairing the town’s 18-member special events committee.
Supported by the town council, the committee organizes and hosts a series of annual civic events and attactions including: the winter carnival, a week long event; Canada Day celebrations on July 1; Carbonear Days celebrations in early August; community bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night in November and Christmas tree lighting at the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre in December.