UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 9:44am
COLLEGE STATION -- Have you ever wondered where the friendliest town in the United States is?
Well if you ask anyone from College Station, of course they'll say Aggieland.
But that's a biased opinion, right?
Not exactly. USA TODAY and Rand McNally all seem to agree.
What makes College Station so friendly?
Ask anyone who lives here and they'll tell you it's the Aggie spirit and tradition.
"Everybody is all about Gig 'Em Aggies and friendly and nice and welcomes you and makes you feel apart of one big family," said Nonya Sieffert.
James Tracy add,s "Definitely the students and the howdy tradition. Everyone is friendly with each other."
And that's exactly why College Station is one of the top six finalists for the "Best of the Road Friendliest Towns" in the United States, a contest by USA TODAY and Rand McNally.
"The exposure that we'll get about being the friendliest town and a great place to visit is unparalleled," said Holli Conley with the Bryan-College Station convention and visitors bureau said. "We can't buy this kind of publicity."
In a couple of weeks a team of judges from across the U.S. will come to Aggieland to visit our restaurants and attractions and decide just how friendly our city is compared to the others.
But Nonya Sieffert doesn't think there will be much competition.
"No matter who you are whether you're young, old or an out of towner you're going to find that quality of the howdy or the tipping of the hat."
The judging will kick off June 15th in Washington D.C. and will take about four weeks to complete.
The winner will then be announced on July 25th during a special on the Travel Channel.