Louisiana Garden Club

LOUISIANA GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION cleanest city judges were on hand April 18 to take a tour of Winnsboro. Pictured above were (left): Shirley Key, Patsy Hebert, Winnsboro Mayor Sonny Dumas, Jean Gilstrap and Kyle Martin. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)

A rain storm greeted judges from the Louisiana Garden Club Federation while they visited April 18, but Naomi Cordill, co-chair of the cleanest city committee said Winnsboro looked beautiful.

“Wow, did it rain,” Cordill said. “But even with flood streets Winnsboro looked beautiful.”

Winnsboro was in direct competition with Plaquemine, Rayne, St. Martinsville and Winnfield.

Winnsboro should know the results by April 29, Cordell said. Judges are still visited other municipalities this week.

Monroe, Alexandria and Lake Charles are in another category and Baton Rouge is clumped into the same category with Lafayette and Metairie.

A total of 36 municipalities split up in eight different districts were in the 60-year-old statewide competition. The towns and cities were categorized by population.

“The primary goal of the LGCF Cleanest city contest is to become a litter free Louisiana,” said Jean Gilstrap, LGCF state cleanest city chairman. “It is hoped by the example this contest instills, this goal can be accomplished.”

As part of the contest, volunteer judges visit participating cities and rate them on cleanliness.

“This contest is one of the ways Louisiana is attacking its litter problem,” Gilstrap said. “Many cities have begun ‘trash bash’ days with great results. The community involvement in these events has been exceptional, but communities cannot do this alone.”

“Louisiana needs stricter enforcement and more litter laws,” she said.

Cordill said she had a great support group to help in Winnsboro’s cleaning endeavors.

“So many people have told me how nice and clean our city looks,” Cordill said. “I cannot express enough about the cooperation of Mayor Dumas and the crew of our town. Anything I asked was provided, and all were totally into the process.”

“I cannot fail to mention the great assistance from Sheriff Kevin Cobb throughout this process,” she said.

Judges were Patsy Hebert, from Abbeville, Shirley Key from Oak Grove and Kyle Martin from Covington. Gilstrap was from Farmerville.

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