We all say Wilkes is God’s country, so maybe someone should take pictures and prove it in a national contest. The Paint Quality Institute (PQI), a leading source of information on paints and coatings, is conducting a nationwide search to find the “Prettiest Painted Places in America”. Anyone can enter a community in the free competition by simply taking some pictures, uploading them on the PQI website at http://blog.paintquality.com/ppp/, and providing a brief description of the community being nominated. Entries will be accepted until August 31. A panel of judges from major media outlets will then evaluate the entries, select finalists, and after further research, including unannounced site visits, the judges will name the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America in October. In addition to bragging rights for the winners, every place that enters will be part of an extensive national publicity campaign conducted by the Paint Quality Institute. For more information on the Prettiest Painted Places in America competition, visit http://blog.paintquality.com/ppp/.