GRAND LAKE --Grand Lake is hot in the running for the World Fishing Network's Ultimate Fishing Town contest and is currently holding second place behind Cape Hatteras, N.C. The winner of the contest wins not only bragging rights and a short TV spot, but also $25,000 to be used for a fishing-related cause.
Anyone can vote during the contest and individuals are allowed to vote four times every 24 hours. One can submit votes to the worldfishingnetwork.com/uft. Voters have until 11:59 a.m. on May 3, to submit their vote for the first round of the competition.
After the first round of voting, the towns with the most votes will advance to the final voting stage. The final voting stage will end on May 24, at which time the voting will close and the total number of votes for each town tallied.
The contest also awards $3,500 to the town with the most votes in each region. Grand Lake is currently leading the southwest region in votes.
There are only eight days left to vote in the first round of voting, which will determine what towns will advance to the second round of voting.
With 4,014 votes by Monday evening, Grand Lake is currently trailing behind Cape Hatteras by a few more than 1,000 votes for the grand prize and is ahead of Fort Worth, Texas, by more than 3,000 votes for the regional prize.
Jim and Julie Gasner, who own Rocky Mountain Outfitters in Grand Lake, entered Grand Lake into the competition.
Jim Gasner sighted Grand Lake's numerous fishing opportunities and the year-round fishability and popularity of the area as reasons why Grand Lake is the ultimate fishing town.
Gasner said he thinks the town will need the help of all of Colorado to clinch the grand prize.
Being crowned as World Fishing Network's Ultimate Fishing Town would mean more air time for the small Colorado town, which was recently the subject of "Hotel Impossible," a Travel Channel TV show in which the host does his best to save a hotel on its way out. The Western Riviera was the subject of the "Hotel Impossible" show that aired in March.
Residents of Grand Lake hoped the TV show brought some added interest to the town and will ultimately bring tourism dollars into the small mountain town. Hopes are much the same for the World Fishing Network contest.