Cazenovia in the running to be named the ‘Coolest small town in America’

Daily voting to determine Budget Travel website contest ends Feb. 25

— The finalists description page on budgettravel.com states of Cazenovia: “If Central New York isn't already on your travel radar, get ready for a big, and very pleasant, surprise! Cazenovia, on the shores of Cazenovia Lake, may make you feel like you've discovered the perfect small town you thought didn't really exist.”

The other 11 finalists include: Berlin, Md.; Buckhannon, W.V.; Deadwood, S.D.; Elkin, N.C.; Estes Park, Colo.; Everglades City, Fla.; Galena, Ill.; Huntington Woods, Mich.; Kelleys Island, Ohio; Mathews, Va.; Nevada City, Calif.; Pahoa, Hawaii; Rockport, Texas; and Travelers Rest, S.C.

The news of Cazenovia’s selection was announced Jan. 22 during the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Area event. “I just think this is the coolest thing that Cazenovia is one of 15 chosen,” said GCACC President Jessica Amidon.

Mayor Kurt Wheeler agreed: “I am delighted to see Cazenovia included as a finalist in the Budget Travel contest. The voting reveals on a broader stage what those of us locally already know; that Cazenovia is a special place to live, work or visit!”

Voting for the Coolest Small Town in America contest runs until Feb. 25. People may vote once a day every day, monitored by the Budget Travel voting system, which allows one vote per 24 hours per IP address. Buildings such as libraries, homes and offices may have only IP address for the whole network.

The 10 winners will be announced in February.

As of press time, Cazenovia was in fifth place.

For more information about the Coolest Small Towns in America contest and to vote, visit Budgettravel.com.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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