Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:43 AM
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: “Most Patriotic” Contest Putting Mandan on the Map
For Immediate Release
June 28, 2012
For more information:
Mandan Independence Day Parade Chair Marlo Anderson, phone 701-391-8955
City Administrator Jim Neubauer, City Administrator, phone 667-3215
City Business Development & Communications Director Ellen Huber, phone 667-3485
“Most Patriotic” Contest Putting Mandan on the Map
Community Members Invited to July 6 Military Appreciation Barbecue
Mandan is a finalist for the Rand McNally and USA Today “Best of the Road” contest. Proud community residents, alumni and people who had previously visited the area voted online to qualify Mandan as one of six towns being considered in the category of “Most Patriotic Small Town in America.”
A two-person team will visit July 6 to 8. Accompanying them will be a Travel Channel video crew. It is up to Mandan leaders, businesses and residents to convince the travelers Mandan is the most patriotic city and to show them why Mandan is a must-see-and-do-place for tourists.
Mandan’s planned VIP treatment for the travel team includes honoring the guests at a Military Appreciation Community Barbecue to be held Friday, July 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Dykshoorn Park on West Main Street. A menu of ribs, sausages, franks, salads, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and bottled water is being served up to the first 1,000 attendees. Contributors to the barbecue include Cloverdale Foods Company, Seven Seas Inn, Dakota Community Bank, Pepsi Beverages Company, Central Market and local Lions volunteers. The public is invited to attend. The meal and entertainment are free. Donations to the N.D. National Guard Foundation are encouraged.
The program honors N.D. National Guard members who assisted the community during the 2011 flood fight, all active military members, veterans and their families. Speakers include Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek, Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, and North Dakota National Guard Deputy Adjutant General Alan Dohrmann. Music is being provided by the West River Winds Band and troubadour Chuck Suchy. Limited picnic table seating will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
The military appreciation barbecue and the travel team’s itinerary while in Mandan are being coordinated by City of Mandan officials and Mandan Progress Organization members. The hosts plan to take the travel team on Saturday, July 7, to see the Liberty Memorial Bridge, Longfellow Veterans Memorial Park, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and the N.D. Veterans Cemetery. The guests will be introduced at the Tommy Cash Concert in downtown Mandan the evening of July 7.
Finalists in the “Best of the Road” contest are already receiving positive publicity via Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel. Winning towns in five categories will be announced at the Destination Marketing Association International Conference in Seattle, Wash., on July 16. Winning towns will be featured in the Rand McNally 2014 Atlas.
Community members are encouraged to put on their red, white and blue and join in the campaign to keep Mandan and North Dakota in the spotlight by showing their patriotic spirit. T-shirts with the theme “Patriotism: Made in Mandan” are being made available at the Mandan Progress Organization office, 411 W Main, and at Halftoned Apparel, 111 5th Avenue NE, both in Mandan.
The public can follow the travel team, known as Midlife Road Trip, via the internet at www.bestoftheroad.com and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MidlifeRoadTrip.
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The proposed itinerary for the travel team is attached along with a flyer for the barbecue. The schedule will become more definite as the date of the visit by the travel team approaches. To confirm the schedule and arrange for interviews with the Midlife Road Trip team (Rick Griffin, Atlanta, Georgia; and Sandi McKenna, Tampa, Florida) contact City of Mandan Business Development & Communications Director Ellen Huber, cell 701-400-6249.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to another year of the Mandan's historic Independence Day Parade and Street Festival. For the past four years, we have had the pleasure of producing the Gazette, a publication that helps provide information about the parade, events, and culture of Mandan.
The Mandan Parade Gazette is available now at local stores throughout the Bismarck Mandan area. You can also review it online now when you click the link below! Featured in this year's Gazette are stories such as: the history of the parade, Mandan's nomination for most patriotic town in America, and an attempt at the longest YMCA dance. So, have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July. Dont forget to scan the QR code with your smart phone during the parade to get a complete parade listing of the floats.
The “2012 Best of the Road Rally” officially kicked off Friday in Washington, D.C. Through a contest to recognize America’s small towns sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today, two-person traveling review teams were assigned to five categories including Most Patriotic, Most Beautiful, Best for Food, Friendliest, and Most Fun. Each team will visit six communities a category between now and July 13.
Mandan is a finalist for Most Patriotic City. Community leaders have been told to tentatively expect the “Midlife Road Trip” team, Rick Griffin of Atlanta, Georgia and Sandra McKenna of Tampa, Florida, to visit Mandan on July 6-7. A possibility remains that the travelers could arrive in time for Mandan’s Fourth of July festivities.
From Washington, D.C. the team was headed to Watertown, New York; Duluth, Georgia, DeLand, Florida; Enterprise, Alabama; and Gainesville, Texas. Mandan is their last stop before going to the contest’s ending point in Seattle, Washington.
Stay tuned for information about plans for the team’s visit to Mandan and ways the community can become involved in the visit. Mandan businesses and residents are encouraged to prepare by sprucing up properties, displaying the American flag and decorating in red, white and blue. Some additional ways businesses can show their patriotism in the month ahead include:
The winning towns in each category will be announced at the annual Destination Marketing Association International Conference in Seattle. Towns will also be featured in the Rand McNally 2014 Road Atlas. Participating cities can also expect to receive coverage in USA Today and on the Travel Channel.
The public can follow the Midlife Road Trip team’s travels via the internet at www.bestoftheroad.com and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MidlifeRoadTrip
Mandan Among Finalists for ‘Most Patriotic’ City in USA Today, Rand McNally Contest
Deck Out Businesses & Homes in Red, White & Blue
Mandan was announced as a finalist last week for “Most Patriotic City” in a “Best of the Road” contest sponsored by USA Today and Rand McNally. Six small town finalists were chosen in five categories by popular vote on the internet. Two-person teams will now visit the selected communities between June 15 and July 15. The teams’ findings will help determine category winners.
Mandan Independence Day Parade Chair Marlo Anderson initially nominated Mandan for the contest and campaigned for online votes. The contest now becomes real. Community leaders will learn after a June 15 contest kickoff in Washington, D.C. what team will be visiting Mandan and when. Anderson is hopeful the reviewers will visit Mandan during the annual Fourth of July celebration, but there are no guarantees. What he does know is that there will be a day of hosted activity and the reviewers will also wander the city on their own for a day.
Mayor Tim Helbling is proud Mandan is a finalist, noting, "The spirit of independence, a sense of patriotism and appreciation for our country's freedom shine bright in Mandan through our citizenry and community events."
Helbling and Anderson encourage Mandan businesses and residents to prepare for the contest by sprucing up properties, displaying the American flag and decorating in red, white and blue. Some additional ways businesses can show their patriotism in the month ahead include:
· decorating storefronts, yards and parking lots in red, white and blue,
· posting patriotic messages on business signs,
· playing patriotic music,
· exhibiting patriotic photos or artwork on business walls,
· inviting employees to wear patriotic colors,
· holding a youth essay or poster contest on patriotism,
· providing patriotic promotional items to customers, and
· preparing a float for the Mandan Independence Day parade.
Comments submitted by voters in the “Best of the Road” contest as to why Mandan should be considered as one of the most patriotic cities included numerous references to the Mandan Rodeo Days celebration over the Fourth of July, which includes an Independence Day Parade and evening fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music. July 3 is Patriot Night at the Mandan Rodeo with proceeds from fundraisers conducted each year donated to charities that support soldiers and veterans.
Mandan’s Main Street is adorned with red, white and blue streamers and banners during the summer. One reviewer said, “You can't go a block without seeing an American flag flying proudly in someone’s yard.”
The Liberty Memorial Bridge spans the Missouri River to the east with the Richard Longfellow Park established on the Mandan banks to honor one of the community’s first veterans. Mandan is also home to the N.D. Veteran’s Cemetery.
Other nominees for the most patriotic city are Watertown, N.Y.; Deland, Fla.; Enterprise, Ala.; Duluth, Ga.; and Gainesville, Texas.
Over four weeks, the contest hosts will post blogs and reviews, videos and photos by their official traveling teams at http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012-road-rally-finalists.
The 2012 Best Small Towns in America features finalists in an additional four categories of Most Beautiful, Best for Food, Friendliest, and Most Fun.
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More info at this link:
A list of entrants participating in the 2012 Mandan Independence Day Parade and Street festival is now available at the events website. The list is updated regularly to reflect the most recent changes.
A printable pdf will also be available for parade goers to print before heading to the parade July 4th. Entrant information as well as the assigned parade number will be part of that print out.
FOr more information or to see the list, go to http://www.mandanparade.com/parade-entrants.html