Ah, summer! The season of barbecues, camping and… home improvements.
The small community of Marmet, just a few miles southeast of Charleston in Kanawha County, has launched a simple yet ingenious local property improvement campaign that has caught our eye here at The Hub.
The Marmet Town Council and the Marmet Bucket Brigade (a nonprofit dedicated to local revitalization and beautification) have teamed up to hold a “Most Improved Property” contest this summer. The Marmet Town Council voted to allocate $500 from the budget as prize money for the contest.
Organizers hope a $500 prize will encourage residents town-wide to spruce up their yards and the exteriors of their homes. The contest is open to all residents of Marmet over the age of 18, including residents of rental property.
We love this idea, and think it’s a simple yet ingenious way to encourage residents of small communities everywhere to rise to the occasion. If they can engage the community to compete for the $500, Marmet will see much more than $500 worth of improvements by the end of the summer.
Whether you’re a resident of Marmet or you’re just scoping out ideas for your own community, here’s what you need to know:
- Complete an entry form no later than July 30, 2016. Pick one up at Chum’s, Katie’s, The Trading Post, or Town Hall.
- Submit up to six (6) “before” photos of your yard and the exterior of your home no later than July 30, 2016. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, posted to the Bucket Brigade’s Facebook page, or given in-person to a member of Town Council or the Bucket Brigade.
- Over the course of the summer, work to improve your property and take photos documenting your work in progress.
- Submit up to six (6) “after” photos of your accomplishments no later than August 31, 2016.
- The most improved property will be judged by comparing the before and after photos for each entrant. Judges will be from outside of Marmet to ensure they are impartial.
- The winner of the contest will be announced Labor Day weekend.
While only one prize will be awarded, Barbara Miller of the Bucket Brigade points out, “The whole town wins when everyone works to improve their properties.”
Check back in early fall for a recap of the contest and the accomplishments of Marmet’s residents.
Are there successful beautification and revitalization efforts in your community? I want to hear about them. Email me at email@example.com.