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Abilene, Kansas a finalist for ‘Best Historic Small Town’

Abilene, Kansas is currently #1 on the leaderboard as voting is underway for “Best Historic Small Town” sponsored by USA Today. The reader poll allows anyone to participate. The western Kansas community shot to the top as online voting began Monday, September 27 at 11 am. It ends Monday, October 25 at 10:59 am. To vote, visit USA Today HERE.

It is the only community in either Kansas or Missouri to make the list.
“Thank you to the tourism attractions, businesses, residents, employees, volunteers, and leaders who help make Abilene the best historic small town,” said Julie Roller Weeks, director, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Director. “Receiving this recognition three years in a row is extra special and recognizes our efforts to market Abilene as a destination.”

In 2019, Abilene ranked #8 in the final standings and advanced to #2 in the 2020 nationwide contest.

Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.

According to 10Best Readers’ Choice, the finalists have big histories and small populations – fewer than 35,000 people – making them fun and affordable ways to drive into our nation’s past.
Other finalists include:
  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Bath, Maine
  • Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
  • Cape May, New Jersey
  • Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Clayton, New York
  • De Smet, South Dakota,
  • Ferndale, California
  • Grandbury, Texas
  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Jamestown, North Dakota
  • Leadville, Colorado
  • Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Mineral Point, Wisconsin
  • Natchez, Mississippi
  • Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
“Please encourage your friends, family, employees, customers, and visitors to vote daily,” Roller Weeks said. “We need your help to win.”
–Metro Voice

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