Spilsby is celebrating reaching the second round of the Council to Protect Rural England Best Kept Town Competition.
It is the first time Spilsby has reached this stage of the competition, organised by the council’s Lincolnshire branch.
Spilsby has been entering the awards for the past decade without success, but hopes to achieve victory this time.
Teams of volunteers have been cleaning up the town in a bid to impress the judges.
They were back in action on Sunday, sprucing up the cemetery, churches and industrial estate.
The focus was on areas judges said needed further improvement following their visit in June.
Judges consider the general appearance of the town and important features making it special.
The town will be judged again this month with the top five entrants going through to the final.
Coun Julia Pears, of East Lindsey District Council, is leading the town’s bid to win for the first time. She highlighted everyone in the town working together as the key to success.
She said: “Looking round the town the shopkeepers have done a fabulous job.
“Businesses are really making an effort to bring in more trade and looking brilliant.”
“The judges are looking for the individual things that make Spilsby special.”