Posted on March 10, 2014
‘We will shut down Main Street’
2014 winner of Budget Travel’s 9th annual Coolest Small Town contest
to host America’s Coolest Party, downtown, Saturday, March 29th
(March 10, 2014) — Downtown Berlin will be the coolest place to be on Saturday, March 29th, when the Town of Berlin will shut down Main Street from 1-6 p.m. for the sole purpose of celebrating its victory as America’s Coolest Small Town!
“It’s time to thank and recognize everyone who chose to “Vote Berlin” during the contest,” said Mayor Gee Williams. “If you love Berlin this celebration will be a full day of fun for all ages and friends, family members and of course all of our residents and visitors. “We have a lot to be proud of and much to celebrate,” added Mayor Williams.
Berlin is known for its various events such as Spring Celebration, May Day Play Day and The Peach Festival and Fiddler’s Convention to name a few, but this party is going to be like non-other, with lots of food, fun, local artists, students from Worcester County public and private schools, give-a-ways, souvenirs, several top-40 bands and Berlin musician and merchant Steve Frene, who will perform his instant hit song, “Cool Berlin.” The event begins at 1 p.m. with a parade on Main Street exclusively featuring Berlin Youth from a variety of organizations.
Berlin beat out 14 other small towns in online voting since January. Nearly 138,000 votes were cast and Berlin received more that 28 percent of the total with 39,000 votes. Budget Travel characterized Berlin as the “runaway favorite.” Budget Travel Magazine noted Berlin is good for beach lovers, hikers, bird watchers and history lovers alike.
For this special day of celebration additional free parking areas will be available, as there is no metered parking at any time in the Town of Berlin. Hoopers Crab House has generously agreed to transport event attendees with its shuttle bus to and from marked temporary satellite parking locations within the town.
As part of the coolest celebration, the Berlin Fire Company will host its First Annual “Cornhole Tournament” at the fire house grounds on North Main Street. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. people of all ages can help to try and set a new “world record” by attempting the longest cornhole hand-thrown (bean bag) shot, ever. Attempts will be $5 for three shots, officials will be on site and the contest and this promises to be a popular fund raiser for the Berlin Fire Company. Beer and other refreshments will also be available during the contest at the fire house.
In downtown Berlin, non-glass open containers will be permitted from 1-6 p.m. in a clearly marked designated area. No beverages of any kind may be brought into the celebration area. The Berlin Chamber of Commerce will have a beer garden set up on Jefferson Street featuring craft brews from Berlin’s Burley Oak Brewery. Also, “Berlin Coolest Small Town” apparel and other memorabilia will also be available for purchase.
Mayor Williams added, “Aside from the fact that this is a once in a lifetime event, Berlin’s America’s Coolest Party is sure to go down as one of the region’s most enjoyable celebrations and be remembered as a town classic. Everyone is invited to join the celebration, after all it is our residents and guests who make Berlin so cool.”