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Coolest town competition runs through Dec. 3

Last updated: December 01. 2013 4:31PM -
By - agonzalez@civitasmedia.com



Lead narrows for Elkin in online competition. Votes are needed for deciding America's Coolest Small Towns of 2014.
Lead narrows for Elkin in online competition. Votes are needed for deciding America's Coolest Small Towns of 2014.
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A Budget Travel website competition that will declare America’s Coolest Small Towns of 2014 has Elkin ranked as No. 4. and in jeopardy of being knocked out of a crucial top five position that will keep the town alive in the voting.


The No. 5 ranked town is just twenty-five votes from knocking Elkin out of No. 4.


The contest seeks nominations and votes of American towns with a population less than 10,000.


Elkin has received 1,347 votes so far. Voting continues, but the first round of the competition expires on Dec. 3.


Last week, Elkin was 179 votes shy of moving into third place, a spot formally held by Weston, W.Va. who has now dropped to No. 5.


However, the new No 3 ranked town from Matthews, Va. recently gained traction and Elkin will now need 263 votes to clip No. 3.


Elkin is at-risk of being knocked out of the top five. Berlin, Mary., has also surged and is only 55 votes away from Elkin. If Berlin, and Weston maintain the current pace of receiving votes or increase votes and Elkin doesn’t, the Yadkin Valley town will fall out of the top five.


Buckhannon, W.Va., is leading the competition with 3,052 votes, up several hundred from last week.


“We are in the top 5 for the coolest town in America. Voting stops Dec. 3. Please help get people voting,” said Misty Matthews with the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce in an email.


Votes are urged at www.budgettravel.com


According to the chamber, a former Elkin High School student, now a Surry Community College student, is working on a project to promote her home town. She found that Budget Travel was holding an annual contest and this year it’s called Coolest Small Towns 2014. The unidentified student nominated Elkin and the voting has begun.


Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Towns 2014 contest looks for certain amenities: great shops, food, a unique history, location, a peerless music scene, art galleries.


The online travel company will gather nominations and votes until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.


Fifteen finalist will be selected. In previous years, the top five towns from initial voting have advanced the the second part of the competition. There are no guarantees though for other towns not making the top of the list. For the remaining towns, competition officials will look for diversity in geography, attractions, architecture, and more.


In January, the site will post the 15 finalists and ask for a final round of voting. In February, top 10 winners will be announced.


Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@civitasmedia.com


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