St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John Parish Advances to State Competition in Cleanest City Contest

St. John Parish Advances to State Competition in Cleanest City Contest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Parish President Natalie Robottom and the Parish Council are proud to announce that St. John competed in the annual Cleanest City Contest (CCC) for the first time in parish history and was selected to advance to the State competition. The towns of Wallace, Garyville and Reserve will be judged in April after winning at the district level.

The Cleanest City Contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) with the goal of increasing civic pride and improving the visual appeal of towns and cities throughout the state. Each spring, federation members tour various parishes throughout the region scoring the municipalities on cleanliness and community involvement to promote beautification.

Judges for the 2015 District competition arrived in St. John Parish on March 17 at 8:00 a.m. to begin their tour of five designated areas. They traveled along historic River Road, participated in a tour of the San Francisco Plantation, and enjoyed a delicious meal with staff and Council members. This year is the first year the Parish participated in the contest. “We want to commend St. John on a successful first-time participation in the CCC and for performing admirably,” said Joe Baucum, LGCF District II CCC Chairman. “From our perspective, we certainly enjoyed visiting your parish and were very impressed with the growth and progress being accomplished,” he added.

State judging will take place on April 15, 2015 when judges will again tour the selected areas of St. John for cleanliness and beautification. Residents and businesses are encouraged to beautify their properties in advance. “With St. John’s participation in the CCC for the first time, it has been a learning experience that can be used in the future. It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to cleanliness and beautification at the state level, as we work toward improving the quality of life in St. John Parish,” said Parish President Robottom. “Beautification is a community effort and we look forward to participating in the next round of competition.”

To promote the importance of cleanliness throughout the year, the parish hosts a Clean Sweep in the spring and fall. Sponsored by the Keep St. John Beautiful Committee, this event is a community effort to clean up St. John and make it a more beautiful place to live, work and play. For more information or to register your group for the Spring Clean Sweep on April 11, 2015, please visit or contact Dana Milioto at 652-9569.