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Starkville and Bay St. Louis in running for ‘Best Small Town in the South’

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Two places in Mississippi are in the running for USA Today’s “Best Small Town in the South” award.

As of Wednesday, Starkville was topping the leaderboard with the most votes with Batesville, Ark., and Thomasville, Ga., sitting at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

“Home to Mississippi State University, Starkville is much more than just a college town,” editors of the newspaper wrote. “You’ll find a thriving arts scene, multiple historic districts, many opportunities for birdwatching, and plenty of great food. Don’t miss checking out the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, a treasure trove of artifacts and correspondence.”

Trailing in the competition is the beach town of Bay St. Louis. The coastal gem that was recently featured as an underrated destination by Southern Living will need to do some catching up if it wants to put another accolade on the shelves of city hall.

“Located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Bay St. Louis defines itself as ‘a place apart,’ and it certainly does stand out,” USA Today editors wrote. “Once the home of folk artist Alice Mosely, it now houses a folk art and antique museum in her honor that’s worth a visit. Check out the Mardi Gras costumes at the Bay St. Louis Historic L & N Train Depot, enjoy a boat tour, or even take in a production at the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre – it all makes for a wonderful visit!”

Voting ends on April 1. Click here to view the poll and cast your choice for USA Today’s “Best Small Town in the South.”

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