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August 26, 2016
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Narrowsburg takes the Golden Feather; $25,000 prize for beautification group

Flower awards went to seven communities this year. Forestburgh Playhouse was recognized with the “Best Overall Showing of Flowers Award” of $5000. Judges were impressed by the overall number of gardens; an abundance of color, unique designs and 2012 Renaissance Collection; the artistically themed container vignettes; creative use of structures incorporated in the gardens; cohesive use of perennials, annuals, tropicals, shrubs and trees; and the meticulously maintenance of the gardens.

Other communities receiving $1000 Judges’ Choice Awards for flowers included: United Methodist Church of Liberty for “Best Containers,” Liberty Community Development Corp. for “Best Urban Park,” Narrowsburg Beautification Group for “Best Business/Municipal Display” and Town of Lumberland Parks & Recreation for “Best Annual Flower Display.”

A special “Best Showing of Flowers Award – Maintenance” of $4000 was given to Neversink Renaissance, one of eleven communities that received Maintenance Support this year. Loomis Area Watch in Ferndale received $1000 for the “Best Overall Single Garden.”

Grants – ranging from $1000 to $25,000 – were awarded to projects in Categories A, B and C. Some projects were also recognized with Special Awards for history and best garden design. All of the communities that completed projects received a grant based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.

Category A projects are made up of single elements such as a new sign or hanging baskets. This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of WVOS/WSUL.
First place ($3000)
• Boy Scout Troop 101 of Bloomingburg – nine hole mini golf course in town park
Second place ($2000)
• The Recovery Center in Monticello – sign and seating area
Third place ($1000)
• Sullivan County Visitors Association in Liberty – building landscaping
SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Sullivan County Democrat
Best Garden Design ($1000)
• Action Toward Independence in Monticello – new garden bed

Category B projects are made up of multiple elements such as park enhancements. This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of Thunder 102/Bold Gold Media.
First place ($10,000):
• Friends of Dillon Park in Monticello – Alice’s Wonderland (Phase II)
Second place ($7000):
• Town of Lumberland Parks & Recreation – Circle Park enhancements
Third place ($5000):
• Town of Fremont – sign and landscaping