Jan 24, 2023

Abilene a finalist for Best Historic Small Town for 5th year in a row; vote now

Posted Jan 24, 2023 5:36 PM
<b>The historic Seelye Mansion in Abilene.</b>&nbsp;Photo courtesy&nbsp;Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau&nbsp; &nbsp;
The historic Seelye Mansion in Abilene. Photo courtesy Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau   

Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau

For the fifth year in a row, Abilene is a finalist in USA Today's 2023 Readers' Choice Best Historic Small Town contest.

"This is so exciting," said Julie Roller Weeks, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau director. "Receiving this recognition once is a big deal, let alone five years in a row. It's unimaginable!"

In 2022, Abilene ranked No. 2 in the nationwide top 10 contest. 

"Thank you to the tourism attractions, businesses, residents, employees, volunteers, and leaders who help make Abilene the best historic small town," Roller Weeks said. "Thank you to the voters who continue to vote for our five-star community."

A panel of relevant experts chooses nominees for all categories and includes:

●A combination of editors from USA TODAY.

●Editors from 10Best.com.

●Relevant expert contributors.

●Sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.

All voting is digital, and the 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.

According to 10Best Readers' Choice, the finalists have big histories and small populations – fewer than 35,000 people – making them fun and affordable ways to drive into our nation's past.

Online voting began Monday and ends on Feb. 20 at 10:59 a.m. CST.

"Please encourage your friends, family, employees, customers, visitors and fellow Kansans to vote daily," Roller Weeks said. "We need your help to win."