Like a high school clique with two of its members running for prom queen, the people of southwest Wake County are choosing between the towns of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs in an online popularity contest.
Inspired by March Madness, the N.C. League of Municipalities put together a bracket of medium-sized towns from all across the state and is asking people to vote for their favorite one – each represented by a locally meaningful photo – on Facebook.
Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs are in the regional finals for the Sandhills region. Voting will last until noon on Friday, March 27. The winner will proceed to the Final 4 to take on either Montreat or Kings Mountain.
As of Tuesday at noon, Holly Springs was ahead by about 500 votes. People can vote by going to the League of Municipalities page on Facebook, opening the Top Eight photo gallery and “liking” a photo.
The contest is called Hometown Showdown, but it has nevertheless expanded beyond just local residents.
Holly Springs, with a photo of their cute fire dog, Cinder, has been tagging animal rights groups and out-of-state fire departments to ask for help.
Fuquay-Varina has challenged the patriotism of country music stars in asking Chatham County native Charlie Daniels and Tennessee native Toby Keith to share its picture, which features an American flag.
In previous rounds, Naomi Riley, director of Fuquay-Varina Downtown, said the town deserves to win because of its excellent craft beer scene.
Holly Springs Public Information Officer Joni Powell said her town deserves to win because of its adorable puppy, Cinder, who helps children learn about fire safety.
Fuquay-Varina defeated Garner and Clayton on its way to the Top Eight, while Holly Springs took down Mount Olive and Hamlet.
Like the popular television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” the points don’t matter, except for bragging rights.
Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne also got at least one free lunch out of it, after winning a bet with Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams.
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