Put down your oversized #1 foam finger long enough to check this out. In the spirit of March Madness, the good folks at Garden & Gun have launched the competition to end all competitions—a Southern Towns Bracket:
With so many great towns in Dixie, we couldn’t possibly hit them all. But after much heated debate, we’ve put together a bracket of 32 of the South’s finest. For the record, we kept it to towns, not cities, capping the population at 150,000 (sorry Atlanta, Nashville, and Dallas). There are historic towns such as Charleston and St. Augustine, artsy towns (Athens, Bentonville), college towns (Oxford, Chapel Hill), and just about everything in between.
If ever there was a competition where the Appalachian South had an advantage, this is it. Our region is chock full of charming towns. Roanoke, Asheville, Charlottesville, Gatlinburg, Morgantown, Berea, Greenville, Lewisburg—they’re all on the list and waiting for your vote.
Round One is up now. The towns with the most votes by Monday, March 24, 2014 will advance to round two. Oh, and you can vote once a day throughout all of the rounds, so keep on clicking.
You can also cheer for your favorite mountain town on Twitter, using hashtag #SOUTHERNTOWNS.
As the field narrow over the next few weeks and winners are announced on April 4, you’ll find the latest updates on The Revivalist’s Facebook page.
Which towns will get your votes?