Updated 05/30/2011 04:39 PM
Waddington aims for top as fishing title contest comes to an end
It's a small town vying for a big title. Waddington is in the running for the title of Ultimate Fishing Town USA. The national contest is winding down into its final hours and as our Rachael Paradis tells us, residents there are not losing steam as they push to crank out some last minute votes.
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WADDINGTON, N.Y. -- It's a title worth fighting for: Ultimate Fishing Town USA.
Waddington is near the top and as the contest reaches its final hours before a winner is announced, residents are doing what they can to reel the title in.
Norwood resident Mike Zagrobelny said, "Vote often. Vote early. Vote a lot."
The contest, which is sponsored by the World Fishing Network, started with 300 towns nationwide. It is now down to 20.
Waddington and Roscoe, New York have been back and forth in the number one spot. Voting ends Tuesday and for people in the self proclaimed carp capital of the world, keeping the numbers up above the competition continues to be an all hours of the day operation.
Waddington resident Steve Helmase said, "I get up at 5 o'clock in the morning and get my votes in."
Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada said, "My husband gets up at about 2 a.m. and stays up until about 3:15 voting for people. I vote from 6 p.m. to midnight. My neighbors vote. My friends vote."
Locals are not the only people voting for the town, people from Maryland, Florida and beyond are too.
For Waddington, just being in the contest is giving the community the exposure it's looking for and taking home the title will just add to that.
Otto-Cassada said, "Bring people up here to our area and our county to show them exactly what we have to offer."
Helmase said, "Get our name on the map and get more people to know about the area. Upstate New York seems to be a forgotten part of New York State."
And the town says whether it takes first or second, there will be a party.
Local leaders are reminding you to vote. Head to www.wfnfishingtown.com to cast yours.