Kid’s gardens get judged for 2022 Barriere Blooms Contest

Isobel Maddocks is shown working in a garden created by herself and sister Alayah and entered into the Barriere Blooms Contest. The sisters took the first place award in the Kid’s Garden category. (Jill Hayward photo)Isobel Maddocks is shown working in a garden created by herself and sister Alayah and entered into the Barriere Blooms Contest. The sisters took the first place award in the Kid’s Garden category. (Jill Hayward photo)
Isobel Maddocks shows the first place garden created by herself and sister Alayah to Barriere Blooms Contest judge Mayor Ward Stamer. Stamer was one of three judges who toured the community together on Thursday, Aug. 11, inspecting the many gardens entered and created by youngsters in the annual gardening contest. (Jill Hayward photo)Isobel Maddocks shows the first place garden created by herself and sister Alayah to Barriere Blooms Contest judge Mayor Ward Stamer. Stamer was one of three judges who toured the community together on Thursday, Aug. 11, inspecting the many gardens entered and created by youngsters in the annual gardening contest. (Jill Hayward photo)
Makai, Ryker and Tealya Lane point out some of the vegetable plants they grew this year for Barriere Blooms contest for judges who toured the youngster’s garden on Thursday, Aug. 11, while inspecting and tabulated the winning entries. These youngsters received a third place award. (Jill Hayward photo)Makai, Ryker and Tealya Lane point out some of the vegetable plants they grew this year for Barriere Blooms contest for judges who toured the youngster’s garden on Thursday, Aug. 11, while inspecting and tabulated the winning entries. These youngsters received a third place award. (Jill Hayward photo)
Emeline, Sylvia, and Charles Andrews show the participant certificates they received after Barriere Blooms judges inspected their garden boxes entered into the Kid’s Gardens division of the contest. (Jill Hayward photo)Emeline, Sylvia, and Charles Andrews show the participant certificates they received after Barriere Blooms judges inspected their garden boxes entered into the Kid’s Gardens division of the contest. (Jill Hayward photo)
Xavier Symes and Marina Symes pose in front of their very own garden at St. George’s Catholic Church on Thursday, Aug.11, while Barriere Blooms contest judges inspected the impressive gardening efforts of the two youngsters earning a second place award. (Jill Hayward photo)Xavier Symes and Marina Symes pose in front of their very own garden at St. George’s Catholic Church on Thursday, Aug.11, while Barriere Blooms contest judges inspected the impressive gardening efforts of the two youngsters earning a second place award. (Jill Hayward photo)

The annual Barriere Blooms Contest was a grand success in 2022 with numerous entries received in a large group of divisions offered by the District of Barriere.

One of the most fun and popular divisions for local youngsters was the Kid’s Garden Division which received some grand support from Yellowhead Community Services’ Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach and the Raise-A-Reader program.

“Thanks to our annual September Rasie-A-Reader fundraiser we were able to utilize some of those funds for this initiative to purchase gardening books for youngsters, as well as gift certificates so they could purchase the plants and seeds they needed to start up their gardens,” said Barriere Literacy Outreach Coordinator Jill Hayward, “We wanted to support the kid’s initiatives, while also helping them to learn about gardening and growing their own food.”

Hayward said she was also invited to be one of the judges for the Kid’s Garden division, along with District of Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer, and Councilor Donna Kibble, who is the organizer of the annual gardening contest.

“Literacy will definitely support this initiative again next year,” said the LOC, “Our annual Raise-A-Reader fundraiser will be taking place in September and we are already soliciting donations towards improving youth and family literacy within our community.”

If you would like to learn more anout the Raise-A-Reader program in the Barriere area and ho you can help, please call or message Literacy Outreach Coordinator Jill Hayward at 250-319-8023, or call Yellowhead Community Services in Barriere at 250-672-9773, or Facebook: Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach

Congratulationsto the winners of the Kid’s Garden Class in the Barriere Blooms Contest:

1st – Isabel and Alayah Maddocks – $50

2nd – Xavier and Marina Symes – $30

3rd – Tealva, Makai and Ryker Lane – $20

Honorable mentions:

– Willow Williams

– Charles, Emeline and Sylvia Andrews

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