|by Kaeli Conforti||Coolest Small Towns, Questions and Opinions||1|
Competition has been pretty fierce between the top 10 finalists for this year's round of America's Coolest Small Towns. We started out with three–way ties between Cape May, Jerome, and Ste. Genevieve. We saw Weaverville and Hammondsport lead the opening charge for first place, only to see Beaufort sneak up through the ranks as the weeks went on.
We led a campaign on our Facebook and Twitter pages urging groups, visitor bureau fan pages, and local media to get involved. It's been great seeing our readers and fans take it upon themselves to rally the troops to support their small towns; one of them even dedicated her Facebook profile picture to Hammondsport—here's looking at you, Kim Price—while others left detailed, thoughtful comments about why their town deserves to win.
With voting drawing to a close tomorrow, the contest has garnered attention all over the internet—with local citizens, visitor bureaus, local media, and even State Senators getting involved in support of their towns. On Friday, New York State Senator Thomas F. O'Mara released a statement in support of Hammondsport, the only small town in New York that made the top ten. News 14 in North Carolina did a story covering Beaufort's involvement in the contest, encouraging everyone to vote in their favor.
As of right now, Hammondsport and Beaufort are still duking it out for first place, and have been for the past week, with each barely surpassing the other by the end of the day's tally. It's going to be a close race to the finish, and it will be interesting to see if another underdog town will rise to the challenge before it ends.
Who will be deemed America's Coolest Small Town of 2012? Act now—tell your friends, neighbors, parents, and co-workers to support their favorite small town and vote once daily through January 31st.
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