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Waddington takes silver in 'Fishing Town USA' challenge

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An online contest to win the distinction of "Ultimate Fishing Town USA" created quite a buzz along the St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence County town of Waddington was running neck and neck with Roscoe, NY (the self-proclaimed birthplace of dry fly fishing) for weeks. But in the last day of voting yesterday, Waddington fell just short.

The World Fishing Network ran the contest and promises a $25,000 check to the winner to support local fishing. The Network says the votes are considered "unofficial" until they're reviewed for authenticity.

Waddington Chamber of Commerce president Alicia Murphy spoke with David Sommerstein this morning.

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“I believe that Waddington is the ultimate fishing town,” Murphy said, citing the multitude of species, four season fishing and over 35 miles of waterfront.

“We are literally world-recognized for our carp fishing,” Murphy said. Already this season Waddington has hosted fishers from the U.K. and Holland. 

Waddington garnered 270,000 votes, including proxy votes from other states. Waddington was ahead by about 11,000 votes yesterday morning. Murphy said in the end, Roscoe won by about 2,000.

“Roscoe had times of logging over one vote per second,” Murphy said.

She also said she’s not giving up hope… she’s waiting for the official announcement on June 6, after a month of what she called “fine-toothed comb vote-checking.”

Although Waddington may not receive the $25,000 prize to support local fishing, Murphy said she values the publicity the contest has brought to Waddington. 

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