Last year San Luis Obispo was named the 'Happiest City in America' by National Geographic and Oprah Winfrey. This year San Luis Obispo needs your help to be named the 'friendliest' town in America.
For the second year in a row, Rand McNally and USA Today have teamed up to find the best towns in the US as part of their 'Best of the Road' competition. Through online voting that took place between April and May of this year, people were encouraged to vote for their favorite towns across America. Categories include most beautiful, best food, friendliest, most patriotic, and most fun.
SLO qualified for one of the six top spots for friendly towns through the online voting portion of the competition. As a top online vote getter, SLO will now play host to the judges for three days.
Five teams of two have been selected as judges and have set out from the East Coast, each with a mission to check out the qualifying towns. Team 'Rogue Riders' has been selected to visit all six 'friendly' spots.
Jennifer and Bob, the 'Rogue Riders' will be visiting SLO July 6-9th. Lots of behind the scenes planning is underway for their visit and how best to show off SLO's 'friendliness'.
How to help?
First off, definitely being on your 'friendliest' behavior the weekend they visit. Not that anyone needs to be reminded. But just remembering to smile at each other will go a long way.
Next, participate in the events the judges will be at.
- Friday night Concerts in the Plaza
- Art After Dark
- Saturday morning's Farmers Market
- Saturday's Blues baseball game
Look forward to seeing everyone and hoping that you will help encourage others what is already known - how very special San Luis Obispo really is and that the people make the place. Information provided by the SLO Chamber of Commerce.