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feb 23 2014

Our Coolest Contest Ever Ends at Midnight Monday Night!

As Budget Travel's Coolest Small Town 2014 contest draws to a close—Monday night at midnight!—frontrunner Berlin, MD, continues to mount an impressive campaign, complete with its very own theme song, "Cool Berlin."

(Courtesy Worcester County Tourism)

Wow. Just wow. Budget Travel's Coolest Small Town in America 2014 contest ends Monday night at midnight, and the towns that currently hold the number one and two spots in our voting are sure making things interesting.

Berlin, MD, the current frontrunner, has created a music video to promote its campaign, featuring a bluegrass-style song, "Cool Berlin," by Steve Frene (I dare you not to sing along to this catchy ditty). The folks in Berlin also set up a website dedicated to the town's coolness, with a link to our voting page.

Meanwhile, in what I like to call "The Tweet Heard 'Round the World," New York State's governor, Andrew Cuomo, endorsed Cazenovia in a Twitter post, urging New Yorkers to rally around the current second-place upstate town.

With bragging rights and potential tourism dollars on the line, the mayors of the two towns—two pretty cool fellows themselves—aren't just sitting idly by. Cazenovia's mayor, Kurt Wheeler, and Berlin's mayor, William "Gee" Williams III, have each put a growler of tasty local craft beer on the line. If Berlin wins, Wheeler will deliver a frothy decanter from Cazenovia's Empire Farmstead Brewery. If Cazenovia wins, Williams will serve up suds from Berlin's Burley Oak Brewing Co.

You don't have to live in one of our 15 finalists to get in on the action. You have till midnight Monday night to cast your vote for the Coolest Small Town in America. As of Sunday evening, the standings were:

1. Berlin, MD

2. Cazenovia, NY

3. Buckhannon, WV

4. Travelers Rest, SC

5. Mathews, VA

6. Nevada City, CA

7. Rockport, TX

8. Estes Park, CO

9. Galena, IL

10. Elkin, NC

11. Kelleys Island, OH

12. Deadwood, SD

13. Pahoa, HI

14. Huntington Woods, MI

15. Everlades City, FL

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