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Oriole Park, Rock Hall named finalists in 'Nicest Places in America' contest

Oriole Park, Rock Hall named finalists in 'Nicest Places in America' contest
Posted at 10:31 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 22:34:31-04

Oriole Park has been named a top 10 finalist in the Reader's Digest "Nicest Place in America" contest.

Here's the finalists:

  • Oriole Park, Baltimore, MD.: Major league ballpark known as one of the friendliest and most welcoming to hometown fans and those of opposing teams. It made the cut because of a unique program honoring the city's real heroes.
  • Franklin, NE: A small town that bans together when tragedy strikes, most recently to raise huge amounts of money for a family fighting cancer.
  • India Point Park Area in Providence, RI: A local custom of flashing "Good Night Lights" to Hasbro Children's Hospital patients has turned into a movement.
  • KidsCycle in Shorewood, WI: A local group of families swapping and selling used goods online has turned into an authentic civic movement to help the afflicted and make the lives of everyone in the community better. 
  • Pflungerville High in Pflungerville, TX: It's the high school everyone wishes they went to - everyone is accepted, bullying is stamped out, and teachers and students all work to better the school community.
  • Rock Hall, MD: It's a small town where everyone is welcomed with the "Rock Hall Wave." Neighbors and strangers alike get to enjoy it.
  • Gallatin, TN: Outside of booming Nashville, Gallatin is a suburb doing things differently. It's choosing to be diverse and welcoming to all, even in the face of tragedy.
  • South Whidbey on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, WA: Everywhere in America should see South Whidbey as an example of how to live together, even when we disagree. You can't escape issues on the island, and while residents debate fiercely, the come together as friends at the end of the day.
  • The Doak's House in Waterford, OH: A place that exemplifies everything that is good about small-town America. The Doak's house is one of generosity and friendliness. Once every other year, the town comes together to make apple butter. 
  • Hayesville, NC: When wildfires ripped across the region, threatening the small town of 400 people, the Feds sent in hotshots, super firefighters. And the town's generosity and support for their efforts has become famous across the nation.

See also: Sykesville named 'Coolest Small Town in America' in Budget Travel contest

Don't forget to vote for the Nicest Place in America. The winner of the contest will be announced this fall on the November cover of Reader's Digest with a multi-page feature.