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July 13, 2012

Krull Park trailing in online contest

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — An attempt to bring a second national achievement to Newfane enters the final weekend needing a big push.

The effort to get Krull Park honored in a Coca-Cola internet contest as “America’s Favorite Park” will require a Herculean effort, as the park is in second place, trailing the leader by more than 4 million votes.

As daunting as that may seem, the numbers in the contest have swelled dramatically in the past week. Krull Park as recently as Independence Day was the overall leader with 9 million votes. As of Thursday, Krull had received 20,711,655 votes.

Still, that trails the 24,951,092 votes secured for Pratt Park in Prattville, Ala., a suburb of Montgomery.

Gina Guido-Redden, a Wilson resident who grew up in Newfane, is spearheading the effort to win the contest, and a $100,000 grant from the cola company that goes along with it.

Guido-Redden helped Olcott Beach win the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town title just a few weeks ago, by forming an “Olcott Beach, New York” social network team to help solicit votes. She’s using many of the same people again for this contest.

Newfane Supervisor Timothy Horanburg recruited Guido-Redden for the fishing contest, and turned to her again after he learned about the Coca-Cola opportunity. Unfortunately, the contest was already about 10 days old when he was alerted to it by a resident.

People can vote for Krull Park by visiting Coca-Cola’s “Live Positively” website. Each vote from a personal computer registers one point. However, a feature involving the Four-square computer application allows a voter to generate 100 points per vote. People are eligible to vote every 20 minutes, up to 28 times per day.

“I immediately tested the software involved, evaluated the rules, developed a strategy, and re-assembled the OBNY social networking team,” Guido-Redden said. “We moved from 320th place to 11th in just a few days and then into fourth, and into second. We then spent several days in and out of 1st place.”

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