America in Bloom is a competition that looks to promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.
This year Decatur has enrolled in the contest according to Chair of AIB in Decatur Ellen Hearn.
Communities are evaluated on seven criteria including floral displays, landscaping, historic preservation, environmental efforts, urban forestry, community vitality, and overall impression.
One of the main reasons Decatur has entered the competition is because of a survey according to local members of the community.
Hearn says with it being the city's first year participating they are hoping for improved appearance and community involvement.
Judges for America in Bloom will be arriving in Decatur on July 18 with judging taking place July19-20.