The city of Quincy learned Thursday that it has been named a finalist in the Rand McNally "Best of the Road Contest 2013."
Quincy finished third in the contest behind Punta Gorda, Fla., and Jefferson City, Mo. The other two finalists are Arvada, Colo., and Cloudcroft, N.M.
Winners will receive $15,000 worth of promotional apps, an editorial feature in the annual Rand McNally Road Atlas, special coverage on the contest's website and inclusion as a point of interest in the Rand McNally RV GPS and Good Sam Trip Planner.
A professional video tour of Quincy and an essay to be submitted will comprise 50 percent of the final score. Twenty-five percent of the final score will depend on the persuasiveness of the content of online activity from citizens and friends of Quincy, telling why people think Quincy is the best beautiful town. The remaining 25 percent will be scored on the volume of online activity between now and the final submission period at noon on Sept. 27.
Those with Facebook access posts are asked to tag "bestoftheroad" as often as possible, which counts as a vote. Posts to other social media, such as Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest should use "#bestoftheroad."