BELLOWS FALLS -- Bellows Falls is one of hundreds of attractive towns and neighborhoods that will compete this summer in a national contest to find the "Prettiest Painted Places in America."
The competition, which is sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute, a leading source of information on paints and coatings, was last conducted in 2000 when towns such as Cape May, N.J., Lake Charles, La., and Telluride, Colo., won top honors.
"The purpose of ‘Prettiest Painted Places’ is to identify and recognize those towns and neighborhoods that best demonstrate how exterior paint can enhance the appearance of an entire community," according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House, Pa.
"By honoring the most aesthetically-pleasing places, we believe our competition will give everyone an appreciation for the role that exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building," she says.
Throughout the summer, cities, towns, historical districts, and neighborhoods will be permitted to enter the competition. In September, a panel of judges will choose 60 places as finalists, 10 each from six geographic regions of the United States.
After further research, a panel of judges from major media outlets will select one small place and one large town or city from each region as the 12 "Prettiest Painted Places in America." The winners
To learn more about the competition, the public is invited to visit the Paint Quality Institute website at blog.paintquality.com. Information and photo galleries on the 60 finalists will be posted in September.