LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia is once again in the running for Coolest Small Town in America, an annual contest sponsored by Budget Travel magazine.
As of Thursday, Lewisburg was in the lead among all 20 towns, nearly 2,000 votes ahead of Astoria, Ore.
The website praises Lewisburg for special events such as the Chocolate Festival and the Taste of Our Towns, which features restaurant fare.
It's not the first time a West Virginia town has made the nominees: In 2008, the magazine named Fayetteville one of America's five coolest small towns.
Voting ends Feb. 11. The winners will be featured in the September issue.