Valhalla Centre did better than last year in the 2019 Communities in Bloom competition. The Hamlet of just over 50 people was given five blooms-bronze at a recent ceremony, one step up from last year’s five blooms honour.

Valhalla Centre Communities in Bloom President Dave Harder adds they also received recognition for community involvement and says it feels great to know he has everyone’s support when it comes to this competition.

“We all work together to make the community a better place to live and that’s what Communities in Bloom is all about. It’s not just one organization, it’s everybody pulling together.”

The community, about 45 minutes outside of Grande Prairie, has been participating in the program since 2003 when they were ranked four out of five blooms. Every year since then they have ranked five out of five.

The communities are judged on a number of criteria including tidiness, community involvement, natural and cultural heritage conservation and floral displays.

Despite receiving a high ranking, Harder says they were told about a few things they could add in time for next year’s event.

“What they usually tell us is that we should have a museum for all the artifacts that we have; because we expanded the Mercantile cafe and what used to be the dining room area is going to be a museum… They didn’t put it on the evaluation but they said, ‘we’re looking forward to seeing that next year.'”

He says they will also be giving the outside of their arena a facelift in the hopes of scoring higher next time. If the weather cooperates, Harder hopes to get some of that work done this year.