Small Town Pride | Best Towns Contests

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Small Town Pride | Best Towns Contests

I have noticed people living in small towns have a lot of pride about where they live.  They have pride in their local parades and community events like fairs, art festivals and beauty contests. They have pride in their high school sports teams. They have pride in winning town contests.

Magazines hold contests where you can vote for your small town to win the title of something and people really get involved and promote voting for their town. I did a post about the South’s Tastiest Small Towns contest. Then there are the prettiest towns,  best places to live, most liveable towns, best small towns for food, healthiest small towns and many others.

People like calling their town “the best” in anything. Newspapers and Chamber of Commerces really liked the PR of having the title of being ‘the best” gives their town.

In the news today, I see the headline “Travelers Rest tied for third in ‘coolest small towns’ contest.  This is in the Budget Travel magazine’s annual contest to find the coolest small towns in America.  Other finalists include Berlin, Md.; Buckhannon, W.Va.; Cazenovia, N.Y.; Deadwood, S.D.; Elkin, N.C.; Estes Park, Colo.; Evergaldes City, Fla.; Galena, Ill.; Hunting Woods, Mich,; Kelleys Island, Ohio; Matthews, Va.; Nevada City, Calif.; Pahoa, Hawaii; and Rockport, Texas.  Apparently there were about 1,000 small town entries in the coolest small town contest.

So I went to the Budget Travel website to see what the criteria is for the coolest small towns 2014 but only see “we know a cool small town when we see it”.  I guess coolness is hard to define but you will know it when you see it.

So I go over to view the comments left by people on the contest page to see if I can find any clues as to why a small town may be cool.

Fay says “Travelers Rest SC is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and want the very best of living with nature and having all the things civilization has to offer in Greenville. Lots of local culture and the ocean is only 4 hours away.”  (Ashevlle is nearby too).

The contest does have a good description for each of the finalists in coolest small town contest. You have until Feb 25th to vote.

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Small Town Living Headlines

Small Town Living Headlines

This blog is about small towns and a lot of headlines about small town living cross my desk every week. This post will highlight some of the more interesting ones about small towns.

small town lifeMiniature Paintings Pay Homage To Small Town Life – Well this guy, Rod Penner, takes a photo of a ordinary and unassuming scene from small town life and then goes about creating a very detailed painting of the scene.  Not only that, but they are miniature paintings, like post card size.

If you ever lived in a small town you will think you recognize some of these scenes.

The scene to the right is a Penner painting. Source: story

fictional small towns5 Fictional Bollywood Towns That Have Great Tourism Potential – Well this is certainly an interesting story … seems Indian film makers are making up stories and characters in small towns, that is fictional small towns, that have their own interesting and colorful cultures. These towns have their own distinct characters in the films. Some suggest these fictional small towns would have great tourism potential.  So would this be like visiting Hunger Games?   Source: story

25 Signs You Grew Up in a Small Town – Well if you  grow up in a small town as I did, you will recognize at least a few of these.

A few of the signs you grew up in a small town that I like:

  • 2) You could name every person in your graduating class. (I think I had about 52 in my graduating class).
  • 5) You never carried a key for your house because it was always unlocked.
  • 11) An exciting day was driving 20 miles to the nearest Walmart or McDonlad’s. (yes, driving the 15 miles to Milledgeville to the Dairy Queen/Braissaire was a treat!
  • 21) you went to school with kids from eight other tiny towns. (yes, we only had one high school in Wilkinson County in Middle Georgia  and went to school with kids from Gordon, Irwinton, Toomsboro, MyIntyre, Allenton, Ivey – well only 6) Source: story

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