When it comes to hometown loyalty, Fuquay-Varina can boast it’s among the best around.
Fuquay-Varina was dubbed the second most popular hometown in North Carolina in the Hometown Showdown online competition sponsored by the N.C. League of Municialities.
“As a result of this contest, we are sure that folks from all over the country now know our name, and many can even pronounce it,” the town posted on Facebook. “People have been reminded of why they love Fuquay-Varina and our community feels stronger for it.”
Mooresville, the Charlotte-area home of many NASCAR teams, won the bracket-style contest, the League announced April 10.
For several weeks, medium-sized towns across the state faced off against one another and advanced to the next round by getting more Facebook likes than their competition.
Each town submitted a photo to represent it.
Fuquay-Varina defeated several nearby towns, including Garner and Holly Springs, on its way to the final. The match with Holly Springs, who contributed a photo of Cinder, the fire department’s dog, drew criticism and allegations of soliciting out-of-state support. The League ordered a rematch for Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs after allegations of vote-buying surfaced.
Fuquay won the rematch.