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The town and the University need online votes to make Chapel Hill the 2011 Fan Favorite. The month-long online competition follows Chapel Hill being named one of this year’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Participants can vote for their favorite destination once a day through March 15 after registering on the National Trust website.

The 11 other “distinctive destinations” are Alexandria, Va.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dandridge, Tenn.; Muskogee, Okla.; New Bedford, Mass.; Paducah, Ky.; San Angelo, Texas; St. Paul, Minn.; Sheridan, Wyo.; and Sonoma and Eureka, Calif.

Nominated by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, Chapel Hill was cited by the National Trust for its two centuries of architectural grandeur and its citizens’ dedication to historic preservation as well as a lively nightlife scene, celebrated restaurants and cultural destinations from the Ackland Art Museum to the N.C. Botanical Garden that appeal to visitors.

“Holden and I are determined to win this,” the wife of Chancellor Holden Thorp told the audience at the announcement ceremony at the Carolina Inn. She held up a men’s basketball championship ring hanging on a chain around her neck. “This is a town that loves competition, especially in March.”