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By Jennifer Kornegay
The notion of hometown pride may seem a quaint, old-fashioned sentiment in our modern – and increasingly cynical – era. But it’s real, and it can be powerful. For proof, look to Wetumpka, sitting on the soft bluffs rising above the Coosa River about 25 miles north of Montgomery.
The strength of the hometown pride bursting at this small city’s borders will soon be playing out on national television, as popular renovation experts Ben and Erin Napier shine a spotlight on Wetumpka, chronicling a makeover focused on its downtown and historic district in “Home Town Takeover,” a spinoff of their hit HGTV show “Home Town,” scheduled to air late spring or early summer 2021.
The six-episode series is a huge undertaking for the couple and HGTV, but an even bigger win for the small city (population 8,300), which stood out from a very crowded field. In early 2019, the Napiers put out a call on social media, asking cities with fewer than 40,000 residents to tell them why they should be the spot transformed in “Takeover’s” first season. In response, more than 500,000 submission videos representing 2,600 other small towns across the United States were sent in.
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