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Westport Wins “Fan Favorite Town” Award

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?

Westport: With Your Help, A “Fan Favorite”

On Memorial Day, Coleytown Elementary School’s Clara Holleman and Sutton Lindau, and Long Lots’ Sydney Newman — all 5th graders — joined bazillions of other Westporters by marching in the parade. (They were with PAL.)

But they did much more. They gave up a weekend of barbecues and swimming, to help Westport win the “Visit Connecticut’s Fan Favorite Town” contest.

With Staples senior (and soon-to-be Fashion Institute of Technology student Claudine Brantley), the girls spent 3 days documenting Westport’s most popular sites. They didn’t miss a spot (and discovered some hidden gems). They even snagged an interview with 1st Selectman Jim Marpe.

You may have seen them filming around town. You may even be featured in their very clever and creative video:

So they’ve done their part to promote Westport. Now they need your help.

To vote for Westport, go to Facebook. Search for “VisitConnecticut.” Then click the “CTFanFavorite” tab. Cast your vote for Westport.

Ballot-stuffing is allowed. You can vote every day through July 25. You don’t even need to live in Connecticut to vote.

The winning town receives advertising support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism; national and in-state PR support; an editorial feature in the 2015 Official Connecticut Visitors Guide, and a week of social media features across the tourism office’s social channels. Plus a plaque.

You might even win a free 4-night Connecticut getaway.

Sutton, Sydney and Clara have done all the hard work. Now help them spread the word, and make Westport a “fan favorite.”

One of the shots from the film: the iconic cannons. Other scenes included fly fishing on Ford Road, the Playhouse, Coffee An' -- an' a whole lot more.

One of the shots from the film: the iconic cannons. Other scenes included fly fishing on Ford Road, the Playhouse, Coffee An’ — an’ a whole lot more.