OLCOTT BEACH, NY - Residents of Olcott Beach know what a gem their town is, but now they are hoping to share their secret with the fishing world and beyond.
The World Fishing Network was in town Wednesday to officially declare Olcott Beach the "Ultimate Fishing Town." With the title comes a $25,000 prize to be used for a fishing-related project.
"This contest has brought together local folks, charter fishermen from all across the nation, residents that have long since left the area, and a regional effort by our local schools, civic organizations, USA Niagara Tourism and many others, all for a common cause - pride in our community and region," said Town of Newfane Supervisor Tim Horanburg.
Residents never imagined they'd win the online voting contest, but with the help of a voting committee and social media, they spread the word and racked up more than 329,000 votes and the number one spot.