It’s come up short in previous attempts, but Baudette, Minn., again is back in the finals in the World Fishing Network’s “Ultimate Fishing Town” competition.
Along with Grand Rapids, Minn., Baudette is among 19 communities — 11 in the United States and eight in Canada — still in the running from a field of 700 U.S. and Canadian towns that initially were nominated for the distinction.
The winning town will receive $25,000 it can use to promote fishing-related causes.
U.S. finalists by region are as follows:
Northeast: Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, N.Y.; Walton, N.Y.; and Waddington, N.Y.
Southeast: Cape Hatteras, N.C.; and Cocodrie, La.
Central: Baudette and Grand Rapids, Minn.
Southwest: Grand Lake, Colo.; and Ferron, Utah.
West: Bridgeport, Calif. and Bishop, Calif.
Canadian finalists by region:
Eastern: Hampstead, New Brunswick; and Woodstock, New Brunswick.
Western: Flin Flon, Man.; and The Pas, Man.
Ontario: Port Colborne, Campbellford, Ganaoque and Deseronto.
Voting for the finalists began at 1 p.m. CDT today and continues through 12:59 p.m. CDT May 24. You can vote at UltimateFishingTown.com up to four times in one 24-hour period.
U.S., Canadian and regional winners will be announced June 4.