And the winner is Beaufort, NC after a hair-splitting race. Congrats to Beaufort…
This contest started out with hundreds of small towns across the US being nominated and it came down to 10 finalist, of which Hammondsport, NY was one of the 10. Once the ten finalists were identified Hammondsport, NY and Weaverville, Ca immediately started garnering all of the votes. Both towns were vying for that first place position, then just like in a horse race, Beaufort, NC came out of the back stretch to bypass Weaverville and then the attempt to overtake Hammondsport, and they did even if by only tenths of a percent at a time. This became a highly publicized and watched race for a good week.
Beaufort, NC pop, 4309
Hammondsport, NY pop, 725
Folks were keeping track on Facebook. we are up , we are down. Well all of us in the Finger Lakes gave it a valiant attempt given the fact that Hammondsport has 1/6 of the population as Beaufort.
Beaufort may have won with Budget Travel, but it is still number one in my book. A special thanks to everyone that voted and encouraged ech other in this contest. We are a world-class number two coolest place. If you visit Hammondsport, you may find we really are number 1.