Quincy and Keokuk finalists in Best of the Road contest

      Two Tri-State-area communities are finalists in a nationwide contest.

      Quincy, Ill. is a finalist in the Rand McNally Best of the Road contest in the most beautiful category, and Keokuk, Iowa is a finalist in the friendliest category.

      In order to win $15,000 worth of promotional online apps, a feature in Rand McNally's Road Atlas and special coverage on their website, the communities still have to submit a few promotional items.

      A video tour and an essay will count as 50 percent of the final vote. Online activity from supporters including any social media tagged with best-of-the-road is also measured.

      Click here to see the full list of finalists and contest details.

      â??Thank you to everyone who voted each day to help Quincy get this far! Now we begin the real work for this honor and the $15,000 worth of promotional apps, an editorial feature in the annual Rand McNally Road Atlas, special coverage on the and inclusion as a point of interest in the Rand McNally RV GPS and Good Sam Trip Plannerâ?? City of Quincy executive assistant Vicki Ebbing said. Ebbing was one of the three committee members who initially started this project.

      Ebbing, Lori Tuttle of the Quincy Convention and Visitorâ??s Bureau and Carmen Marshaus of the Oakley Lindsay Center , started this project in June. Quincy ended up in third place with 3,105 votes.

      A professional video tour of Quincy and an essay will be submitted by the committee which will comprise 50 percent of the final score. The next 25 percent of the scoring will still depend on the persuasiveness of the content of online activity from citizens and friends. The remaining 25 percent will be scored on the volume of online activity.

      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.

      The contest ends at noon Sept. 27.