Macon aims to be ‘Best of the Road’

City asks for votes in Internet competition

jgaines@macon.comJuly 31, 2013 

Macon wants its residents to endorse their hometown in a national online contest.

Rand McNally, Good Sam and Geocaching are holding their annual “Best of the Road: Best Small Towns in America” competition, and city officials -- fresh off a win in Benjamin Moore’s “Paint What Matters” contest -- want to try for more recognition.

“The Best of the Road contest gives us the chance to publicly celebrate and showcase what’s great about our city to the country,” Mayor Robert Reichert said in a news release Wednesday. “I want to encourage our entire community to vote every day and even encourage out of town friends and family to vote for Macon.”

Votes can be cast until Sept. 3 at There are six categories: Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Best Food and Best for Geocaching.

Voters are also asked to contact “Best of the Road” through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or the company’s website, to say “why Macon is great,” according to the news release from city Public Affairs Director Chris Floore.

Votes, other online input and a city-submitted endorsement will determine the outcome, Floore said. Finalists will be announced in mid-September, and winners announced Oct. 7.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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