The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 18, 2012

Joplin in running for friendliest small town contest

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin officials are seeking the help of area residents in a competition that would name Joplin as the friendliest small town in the U.S.

The city already has advanced in the competition — from 700 towns to six — in the 2012 Best of the Road Competition by Rand McNally and USA today. A team to compile information for judging will be in Joplin on Wednesday and Thursday and officials of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau urged residents to welcome them on business and church marquees, with homemade signs and at scheduled events. The team, called the “Rogue Riders” will be at the Joplin Museum Complex at 9:15 a.m. Cunningham  Park at 1:45 and the Joplin Outlaws game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and at Third Thursday in downtown Joplin on Thursday, according to a tentative schedule.

Martha Getz, a CVB spokesman, said Joplin residents can follow the team and interact with them on facebook at, on Twitter, @rogue_riders, on their blog, at

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