Winner of American Dream Town Award Competition 2006 Confirmed

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American Dream Town of the Year 2006 is Abingdon, Virginia – "Arts of Historic Proportions." Founded in 1778, Abingdon has long been a center for the cultural arts. With buildings dating back to the 18th century, Abingdon features a twenty block historic district that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The town received most votes overall in the national, annual competition. Abingdon, VA, will be features on the American Dream Show on Hamptons TV - WVVH TV summer 2006. That is a half hour talk show all about Abingdon.

America has voted for the NEW American Dream Town - Abingdon, Virginia, has won the prestigious annual American Dream Town 2006 competition by People’s Vote with most votes overall.

Abingdon, VA, received 20,452 votes, followed by Locust Grove, OK, with 5,589 votes and Celebration, FL, with 4,850 votes. One-hundred fifty towns national were up for vote, three in each state. And America voted! Almost 50,000 votes came in over a time frame of six weeks. Abingdon, VA, was nominated by Bruce Northam, a national Geographic Travel writer and 'off the beaten path’ advisory board member. Abingdon, VA, founded in 1778, has long been a center for the cultural arts. With buildings dating back to the 18th century, Abingdon features a twenty block historic district that is on the National Register of Historic Places, the town received most votes overall in the national competition.

“It is interesting how the competition affected our residents, kin, friends and neighbors. Being a small town, people talk, and word spreads quickly throughout. I was quite the advocate recommending to the audiences in my theaters here to go to the ADT website and vote. And clearly many did. I noticed in your discussion of what a dream town should be, that an nteractive website was on the list. Following our victory, I discussed our existing website with the town's Mayor and Town Manager, and they have enthusiastically agreed with me that our town's website needs to be updated to be far more visually appealing, and they have asked if I will discuss this with potential website designers. I find it fascinating that already the competition you sponsored is going to lead to positive change in our town. I'm sure that more such changes will take place over the coming months as others make suggestions for improvement of many natures. So again I must thank you and your organization, this time for helping stimulate progress in our community,” wrote Steve Weston CEO, 21st Century Cinemas.

Past American Dream Town award winners are:

American Dream Town 2005

Braselton, Georgia

American Dream Town 2004

Glen Rose, Texas

American Dream Town 2003

Montauk, L.I. New York

Guidelines for Nominations

  • Population – A town is a town, not a city. Though there is no hard line between a town and city, we think towns are smaller and less urban and/or metropolitan. If you need a number, try about 5,000, but that doesn’t mean that if you have a wonderful town much larger it shouldn’t be nominated. But we are not looking for New York or Baltimore, or even Riverside, CA or Denton, TX. It’s small towns that will get the nod, not the large ones.
  • Pretty – This is about as subjective as you can get. Tell us why you like your town, what is beautiful about it. Is it the architecture, the vistas, the countryside, trees, landscape, etc. Let us know your view of your American Dream Town.
  • Pristine – Take into account such things as cleanliness, maintenance of the built environment, preservation of historic and natural features, things that make your town different and original.
  • Patriotic – More than just flying a lot of flags. Why is your town a patriotic town? How are you preserving the American Dreams of your forbearers? Do you have a battleground, graveyard, or historic building that reflects on them? How about the immigrant experience in your town? Everyplace has a history, and American Dream Towns have a patriotic history. If you are nominating a new town, consider that a monument or a small museum is a good start.
  • Website – We really want a website, this is an interactive type of activity. We are not looking for the best website, we are looking for a fine town.
  • Dues or Fees? – The are NO dues or fees for any of the town that are nominated or the people that are nominating their dream towns. The annual, national competition is sponsored by Seven Stars & Stripes Awards Inc. - Gurney's Inn Resort and Spa and others - The American Dream Town board submits nominations, too.
  • Nominations will be screened – The American Dream Town board reserves the right to screen all nominations that they meet with the criteria of pretty, pristine, and patriotic. Those who do not meet the minimum in the subjective mind of the American Dream Town mission will be rejected. All decisions are final.
  • If there are too many nominations – This is a first come, first served program.

Ingrid Lemme

President American Dream Town Competition
Host American Dream Show
Chairperson Seven Stars And Stripes


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