ROCKFORD - The city is putting its best foot forward to win several awards.
The city, park district, City of Gardens, and the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a panel of judges from the America in Bloom Contest.
For the next two days, the judges will receive a tour of the community. They judge the city on its floral displays, landscaped areas, anti-litter efforts, urban forestry, and community involvement. Some of the places they'll judge include Anderson Japanese Gardens and the Sinnissippi Rose Garden.
The city is even asking residents to help in the cause by beautifying and cleaning up their landscaping.
"Together, we can make a difference and help put Rockford in a very elite category" says Kelly Moore, Facility Manager for the Nicholas Conservatory and City of Gardens.
Only 11 out of 200 cities will win an award. Winners will be notified in October.
This isn't the first time Rockford has participated in this contest. The Forest City has won twice, once in 2005 for Tidiness and a second time in 2007 for Floral Displays.