‘Friendliest small town' publicity has mayor's phone ringing for interviews

Clark will answer questions on The Gayle King Show on Monday.


WALLA WALLA - Being named America's friendliest small town in Rand McNally's Best of the Road competition "is really getting attention to our city," said Walla Walla Mayor Barbara Clark. "It isn't just a local happening. People will be thinking about Walla Walla."

Since the announcement Thursday, folks from other places have contacted Clark to find out more about the area.

She will be interviewed by The Gayle King Show at 7 a.m. Monday. Clark will discuss Walla Walla's friendliness factor via Skype at City Hall, she said.

Roger Galloway, former executive director of the Lake Havasu City Main Street Association, interviewed Clark for the same reason for a radio program on Friday morning.

Jason and Nikki Wynn came through town to meet and greet locals and produced a video of their time here, starting when they were pulled over by a police officer while driving into town. He had them going when he said he wanted to give them "a couple of tickets," which included admission to the Walla Walla Community College summer musical production of "Hairspray."

A Union-Bulletin video on the Wynns' visit can be viewed at union-bulletin.com. An article about Walla Walla and the Wynns' video, with an original song by Mark Brown, can be viewed at ontheroad.bestoftheroad.com/2011/07/08/walla-walla-holla-holla/ .

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.


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