corning-finger-lakes.JPGCorning, N.Y. - It's official! The Rand McNally "Best of the Road" Rally will be visiting Corning within the next several weeks to determine whether it's the "Most Fun" small town in America. When voting for the contest ended May 15, Corning was among the top six contenders in its category, securing it a place in the Road Rally. There were over 650 small towns nominated this year. The Road Rally will discover fantastic small towns across America and will determine whether they should be placed "on the map" in next year's Rand McNally Road Atlas. Five Road Rally teams will meet in Washington, DC, this Friday (June 15) to find out which category they have been assigned. For example, the "Road Bros" could discover they've been assigned the category "Best for Food," in which case, they'll need to determine their route to visit the six towns nominated in that category. Other categories include Most Beautiful, Most Patriotic, and Friendliest. All teams end in Seattle, Wash., exactly one month from the start date (July 15). Corning's competitors include Denton, TX; Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH; Santa Claus, Ind; Buena Park, Calif.; and Delray Beach, Fla. It is most likely that the team assigned to the "Most Fun" category will choose to start in Corning, as it is the closest to Washington, DC, however the route is determined by each team. The team will likely arrive in Corning this Friday or Saturday. For more information about the towns and teams, visit: http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012-road-rally-finalists/ "We're thrilled Corning is included in this year's Best of the Road Rally," said Peggy Coleman, President of the Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau. "This is both a huge honor and a fantastic opportunity to showcase a very fun town." Each town will pull out all the stops to show the Road Rally team a good time. "We're excited to show the Road Rally team all the fun things visitors can do in Corning every day," said Coleman. "The team will be able to make their own glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, something you really can't do many places in the world. We're also planning to show them that Corning really acts as the gateway to so much fun in the whole Finger Lakes Region." Over the four-week period, the Road Rally teams will write blogs and reviews, shoot videos from the road, and post pictures of the small towns they visit, allowing us to come along for the ride. On July 16, the winners will be determined. One team will win $10,000, and one town in each category will receive a spread in next year's Rand McNally Road Atlas. There is a very special additional aspect for all the towns involved in this second annual Road Rally: coverage from the Travel Channel. Rand McNally, which partners with USA Today, has contracted with the Travel Channel to do a 1-hour special on the Road Rally and the towns it visits. It will highlight the best that small-town America has to offer. The special will air at 8 p.m. on July 25. The Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau was established in 1994. As Steuben County's official tourism marketing agency, our mission is to aggressively promote the visitor industry year-round and thereby stimulate economic growth. Steuben County is home to the World's Most Beautiful Wine Region (Budget Travel), America's Coolest Small Town: Hammondsport (Budget Travel), and one of the Most Fun Small Towns: Corning (Rand McNally). It has also been recognized as a top value destination (ShermansTravel).

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Contact: Kim Price, Communications Manager Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau 607-936-6544 866-WINE-FUN kprice@corningfingerlakes.com