Get your brackets ready. March Madness is here again.
But this isn’t the NCAA tournament. It’s the Hometown Showdown, where 32 towns across North Carolina will participate in a bracket-style tournament by submitting a photo. The photo that gets the most likes in each round of voting advances.
This is the second year the town has participated in the showdown hosted by the N.C. League of Municipalities.
This year the town has submitted a photo of its veteran’s memorial. Garner will face Fuquay-Varina’s photo, which appears to be a photo of a historic home.
“It’s a chance for us to try to stir up enthusiasm in our community and get people to engage with us on social media. It’s a great chance for people to show their pride in the town and to show their pride in the memorial,” said Garner Communications Director Rick Mercier.
Here’s how the contest works:
On its Facebook page, the N.C. League of Municipalities will post a series of photos. Two town’s photos will go head-to-head. Any Facebook user can “like” a picture. The picture will be posted for a week. The photo with the most “likes” advances to the next round and so on until there is a winner.
The fans have a week to vote each time. The voting period for the first round begins on Monday and ends Friday.
Last year, fans helped the Town of Garner earn a trip to the Final Four with their photo of Scotty McCreery and Mayor Ronnie Williams. But the town lost to the eventual champion Concord.
Go to N.C. League of Municipalities Facebook page or https://www.facebook.com/NCLeague?fref=photo . Look for Garner’s photo of the memorial and press the “like” button. Fans have from Monday to Friday to vote.