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Does your town have Champion spirit? 

by League Communications Associate Jessica Wells

Enter your town in the 2016 Hometown Showdown! Thirty-two towns will participate in the social media bracket contest, but the town with the most Facebook likes wins. The winner will earn bragging rights and prominent placement in the next Hometown Calendar!

Last year more than 90 towns entered the bracket-style challenge. Mooresville collected nearly 15,000 individual votes through five rounds of voting to win. Mooresville native Scott Brotherton captured the town’s winning aerial photo of its water tower by quadcopter. Each week, the League posted photos on its Facebook page, and communities went head-to-head to receive the most likes on their photos.

"I was out riding around the race park, and I just happened to look over at the tower. I flew up and took some pictures of it and when I got home, it was awesome," Brotherton said. "Right when you look at the picture, it just says Race City, USA, and that’s what we’ve been known for for so long that I think it portrays exactly what our town is."

Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins said the picture was representative of the community in many ways.

"That wasn’t just a picture of a water tower," he said. "That really represented the heritage that’s put Mooresville on the map, and that’s motorsports. As you know, motorsports is so vital to the state, but right here in Mooresville is where people are very passionate about it."

To enter the contest, send a high-resolution photo of something your town is proud of to jwells@nclm.org by Feb. 18. It could be a monument, park or a cool project, but make sure it is clear of text, logos and at least 300 dpi. The League would also like permission to use your submission in the other publications to help show off North Carolina’s great hometowns!

Voting for the round of 32 will begin the week of Feb. 29, and the winner will be announced the week of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, April 8.