HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) - The city of Huntington has fallen short in its bid to win a national competition that focuses on beautification.
The America in Bloom competition held an awards ceremony Saturday night in Orlando, Fla.
Holland, Mich., won first prize in the nonprofit group's 30,000 to 50,000 population category.
Other cities entered in the category were Winter Garden, Fla.; and DeKalb, Ill.
Huntington did get a four out of five bloom rating, and also won the YouTube video award.
Judges say they were particularly impressed by the city's overall first impression.
The competition's judges visited Huntington for two days in July.
Six criteria were used: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, environmental efforts, heritage preservation and overall impression.