Elkin surges in ‘coolest town’ competition

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

November 6, 2013

Elkin has been nominated as America’s coolest small town. Votes are needed to help place the town into the top 10 of an online competition.

Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Towns 2014 contest accepts nominations for American towns with a population less than 10,000 and seeks towns with amenities such as: shops, food, a unique history, location, peerless music scene, art galleries, etc.

According to the Budget Travel website, Elkin is showing competitive strength gathering 371 votes and is about 200 votes shy of making the top five in total votes. Neighboring Jonesville also was nominated, but has only received 28 votes as of last review of the data.

Budget Travel gathers nominations through the end of the year, then will review the votes to narrow the list to 15 finalists. “We’ll use your votes as a guide, but also look for diversity in geography, attractions, architecture, and more. In January, we’ll post the 15 finalists and ask our audience to cast their votes. In February, we’ll announce the 10 winners,” indicated Budget Travel on its website.

Vote for the coolest town at www.budgettravel.com and select the link for coolest town competition.

According to town officials, Elkin’s location in the Yadkin Valley on the Yadkin River and near Stone Mountain State Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains positions Elkin nicely in the online competition.

Elkin Community Manager Laura Gaylord believes Elkin is the coolest town in America citing reasons she said makes it a winner.

“We’re the coolest because of the extremely interesting and friendly people who live here, the unique mom and pop businesses all over town, great schools and medical care, the trails that will soon be open for everyone to enjoy, the gorgeous vineyards and delicious wines, the beautiful municipal park and a nearby Ellis Maples designed golf course,” said Gaylord.

She also pointed to Elkin’s art, literary and musical talent in the community. She said Elkin has a cozy, pedestrian-friendly historical downtown and residential area that people enjoy living and shopping in.

“We also have an airport, cool events throughout the year that rival big city events, a wonderful, comfortable sense of community with people who truly care about their town, residents that volunteer for everything from Adopt-A-Street programs to 5K races to festivals and events, and a town where families can enjoy the simpler life,” continued Gaylord.

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