With the April 15 deadline fast approaching, time is running out for nominations to be submitted for WFN’s 2013 Ultimate Fishing Town. This is the final opportunity for towns in both the U.S. and Canada to position themselves for the opportunity to win a $25,000 community donation or one of eight $3,500 regional prizes to be used towards fishing-related causes along with an awareness and tourism boost with a special feature produced by and aired on WFN.
Anyone can nominate their town or favorite fishing destination at www.UltimateFishingTown.com through Monday, April 15 at 11:59 a.m. MT. As part of the nomination process, town walls should be populated with videos, photos and written comments about why the town should be WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town for 2013. If a town has already been nominated, individuals can add additional comments, photos and videos to the town’s wall. Participants can further promote their town and its town wall by enlisting friends, family, fishing buddies, coworkers and townspeople to participate and gain more comments, photos, videos and support.
628 towns in the U.S. and Canada have been nominated to date with nominations received for nearly every Canadian province and U.S. state.
The first round of public voting commences at 12 p.m. MT on Monday, April 15 immediately following the conclusion of the nomination phase. Ultimate Fishing Town has been divided into eight regions for 2013 with three in Canada and five in the U.S. Regional finalists, announced Friday, May 3, will be eligible to become the Ultimate Fishing Town for the U.S. and Canada and win the $25,000 grand prize or win one of the eight $3,500 donations to be presented to the respective regional winners. Public voting for those honors begins at 12 p.m. MT on May 3 and runs through 11:59 a.m. MT on Friday, May 24.
The community receiving the most votes in each country will garner a $25,000 grand prize to be invested in fishing-related causes in the community, with eight $3,500 regional prizes also to be awarded for the same purpose.
WFN provides a variety of social media tools to help spread the word and encourage participation atwww.UltimateFishingTown.com. Participants can ‘LIKE’ WFN on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WFN), tweet questions to @WFN #UFT2013 (www.twitter.com/WFN) and subscribe to WFN’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/WFNvideos).
WFN will announce the Ultimate Fishing Town for the U.S. and Canada and the regional winners on or about Tuesday, June 4.
2013 WFN Ultimate Fishing Town Regions
Eastern: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut and Price Edward Island.
Western: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
Ontario: The province of Ontario is a standalone region for 2013.
Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Central: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Southwest: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
West: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.