NEWFANE – Fresh off of its victory in having its hamlet of Olcott named the "Ultimate Fishing Town" in a national contest, the town is now eyeing the title of the country's favorite park – and the $100,000 prize it carries.
Sponsored by Coca-Cola, online voting for the national contest ends July 15, and Krull Park, a Niagara County park on Lake Ontario in Newfane, "is already knocking on third place," Supervisor Timothy Horanburg said.
"We're going to win this," he said Monday. "My cousin told me about this two weeks ago, and we don't even know who entered Krull Park, but we were in 320th place with 176 votes then. Today, we have more than 1.6 million votes, and we'll be in third place by tonight. First place gets $100,000, second place gets $50,000 and third gets $25,000, but we'll get first."
Coca-Cola launched its "America's Favorite Park" contest in 2010.
Should Krull Park win, the county would be awarded the prize money to be used on the park, Horanburg said.
"I'd like to think the county would then talk to our community and see how to best spend the money," he said.
Horanburg said the town has not yet decided how to spend the $25,000 top prize money it won earlier this month by garnering the most online votes for the World Fishing Network contest to name the country's "Ultimate Fishing Town."
The top prize also included a 25-minute video highlighting the community and surrounding area.
"They were here last Wednesday and filmed all day and night for that video," he said. "It will be on their website, and smaller segments will be on their 24-hour cable channel for the next year. That advertising is more important than anything else to us. We started filming at the town marina, then took a three-hour charter boat trip."
Other stops included Krull Park, the Olcott Beach Carousel Park and the Lakeview Village Fair Shops, Horanburg said.
Horanburg credited Bill Hilts Jr., the outdoor sports specialist for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., for nominating Olcott for the award.
He also applauded Newfane native Gina Guido-Redden, who now lives in Wilson, with helping the hamlet collect more than 300,000 votes to win the fishing town title.
Guido-Redden also is coordinating the voting for the current contest. Using the Foursquare computer application, Guido-Redden said, Newfane supporters can easily record 6,000 votes per hour.
"It's all legitimate – we know all of the rules," she said. "We're going to win this. We have statistical data tracking mechanisms, and if we stay on target, we'll win."
She urged those interested to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to vote for Krull Park .