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.