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Kent is once again New England’s top foliage town

KENT — The town of Kent was once again named the top foliage town in New England in Yankee Magazine’s online poll, at www.YankeeFoliage.com. Last year, Kent earned the same top ranking. However, the 2010 award was based on an evaluation by tourism professionals as well as Yankee’s writers and editors. In a press release, Heather Atwell, Yankee’s communications manager, said, “Based on the enthusiasm for Yankee’s 2010 top foliage town rankings, we decided to put the vote to the people for 2011.”The 2011 online poll asked website visitors to vote for their favorite New England foliage town.According to a peak foliage forecast map at www.YankeeFoliage.com, the Columbus Day weekend was the peak for color in the Northwest Corner; the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16 is predicted to be still good but slightly past peak.Bruce Adams, Kent’s first selectman, said, “Being named the best New England foliage town last year was very good for Kent and our business community. It was an honor that brought many visitors to our town.“My hope is that this year’s honor will also bring hordes of people to town to see the leaves and sample what Kent has to offer. We have wonderful retail stores and a vibrant restaurant scene.”Adams noted that from his observations on Sunday, Oct. 9, the Yankee Magazine honor appeared to be working, in drawing visitors to town.Ira Smith, proprietor of the Kent Wine & Spirit store on Main Street, said, “Last year the Yankee Magazine article brought a lot of new faces to Kent. That shows the power of magazines. It also points up the beauty of New England, and that Kent is a diamond in the area.”

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