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A win any way you look at it

Lisa Crow was disappointed when she saw that Farmerville didn’t win the national HomeTown Takeover contest this year, sponsored by the popular HGTV show “Hometown” and hosted by Ben & Erin Napier of Laurel, Ms. Lisa and her husband, John, found out about the contest this spring and quickly put together an entry for the Town of Farmerville.

Last week, Wetumpka, Alabama was announced as the town that will undergo a major facelift on the network’s newest show, Home Town Takeover — a six-part series scheduled to premiere in 2021. Home to 8,278 residents, Wetumpka was chosen from over half a million photo and video submissions highlighting over 2,600 American towns.

The good news is that there’s a good chance that Farmerville will still receive some national recognition from the entry. The show sent special permission slips to Lisa last week asking for approval to use video clips from the Farmerville entry in the show. How cool would that be.

And the other good news is that even though Farmerville didn’t win the contest, there’s still a good chance that the community could pursue some of the same makeover ideas on their own in the near future. With the right leadership and the community working together, the sky is the limit for the town on the edge of beautiful Lake D’Arbonne to make meaningful improvements for residents and businesses.

“When we saw this opportunity, we brought someone in, shot the video and got the application turned in in short order,” Lisa said. “We didn’t have much time to make the deadline, so instead of trying to get a lot of people involved and it getting bogged down, we just did it ourselves. It was worth the money to take a chance on our town and the publicity we get from the video helped us, win or lose.”

It’s nice to know folks that can make things happen for the good of everyone! And in case you missed it originally, here’s the video submitted by the Crows on behalf of Farmerville!


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