Forget CNN Money‘s “50 Best Small Towns” in America, and their “Top 10 Earning Towns.” Those are as ridiculous as Newsweek’s rankings of high schools, which give points for the number of kids who take AP tests — whether they pass them or not.
But the Connecticut Fan-Favorite Town of the Year. Now that’s an honor.
And of course, Westport won it. You think I’d write about it if we were 12th?
The contest was organized by the Connecticut Office of Tourism. First Selectman Jim Marpe accepted the award on FOX CT this morning.
A video created by 5th graders Clara Holleman, Sydney Newman and Sutton Lindau, and taped and edited by recent Staples grad Claudine Brantley, helped drive votes. So did posts on the town’s social media sites, as well as (I like to think) a piece about the contest on “06880.”
As winner, Westport receives:
- Advertising support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism
- National and in-state public relations support
- Editorial feature in the 2015 Official Connecticut Visitor’s Guide
- Week-long social media feature across the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s social channels
- And, of course, a plaque.
PS: Compo Beach was chosen as the most popular destination within Westport. They needed a contest to figure that out?