April 12, 2011 — Where can you find the best hot dogs in the USA? What are the best town names? Where are the nation’s best natural vistas? What are the country’s best eccentric competitions? Reader’s Digest,
As Reader’s Digest celebrates the “Best of America,” the second phase of its “We Hear You America” online contest at rd.com continues through May 16, with a total of $7.5 million in financial and promotional support for towns and cities across the U.S.
“There is so much to celebrate in America, and in this challenging economic climate, it’s important to remember the people, places and things that make our country so unique and wonderful,” said Peggy Northrop, Global Editor-in-Chief, Reader’s Digest. “In the 2011 edition of our annual ‘Best of America’ issue, we spotlight the natural beauty of our landscapes, the strength of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and, of course, our collective sense of humor. Yes we even have mashed potato wrestling in the USA!”
Featured in this issue are the 10 prize-winning towns from the first round of cheering in the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” contest, the national grassroots campaign providing financial and promotional support to American towns hurt by the recession. Complementing the online contest at rd.com that encourages people to “cheer” or vote for their towns in order to win “stimulus packages,” is the 100 towns in 100 days RV tour, hosted by supermodel Niki Taylor, which began January 18 and continues through May 12, with the final stop in Manchester, NH. Many of the towns that hosted the RV tour are featured in the “Best of America” issue.
The next top 10 winning towns in this second phase of the contest, which began on March 8, and continues through May 16, will receive funds ranging from $10,000 to the Grand Prize of $40,000, plus promotional support through coverage in Reader’s Digest outlets that include the 30 million-readership strong, flagship magazine, rd.com (with more than two million unique visitors each month), Reader’s Digest Special Interest Publications and the new Reader’s Digest iPad app.
Following are highlights from The Reader’s Digest May 2011 Best of America issue available in the magazine, on rd.com and on the iPad app: