The City of Natchitoches was named the 2019 District VIII Category H Cleanest City Contest Winner and therefore moved on to compete on a state level. Judges from the Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) arrived on April 16 to present Mayor Posey with the District award and complete the next phase of judging for the state contest. Natchitoches is competing against Gretna, Hammond, and Opelousas in the state competition.

The primary goal of the LGCF Cleanest City Contest is to become a litter free Louisiana. It is hoped by the example this contest instills, this goal can be accomplished. This contest is over 60 years old and we were the first state; and still remain the only one, to have such a contest.

As part of the contest, volunteer judges visit participating cities and rate them on cleanliness. Cities are categorized by population. There are 8 Districts and 36 cities won their respective categories this year.

The City was judged on the following criteria: approaches within city limits; public and/or municipal buildings such as schools, churches, hospitals, libraries, fire station, City Hall, etc.; parks and recreation areas; business establishments; residential areas; streets, sidewalks, posts and neutral grounds; vacant lots; and community involvement.

It was an honor to participate in the LGCF Cleanest City Contest and be named the 2019 District VIII Category H Cleanest City Contest winner. The LGCF State Cleanest City Chairman is Jean Gilstrap from Farmerville. The judges were: Patsy Hebert, from Abbeville, Shirley Key from Oak Grove, and Kyle Martin, from Covington.

The City of Natchitoches would like to thank the team of the following individuals for their coordination and hard work in seeing Natchitoches was successful in the competition: Alicia Rachal, Keep Natchitoches Beautiful Director, Jill Leo, Natchitoches Main Street, Tim Murchison, Beautification Supervisor, Fred Bernstine, Assistant Director of Public Works, the Mayor’s Office, Office of Community Development, Public Works Department and Recreation Department.