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We confess to a little bit of envy: We wish our hometowns had claims to fame this cool.

Kate Wertheimer  – April 6, 2020 | Updated June 3, 2020

Revelstoke, BC hosts LUNA, an arts festival celebrating the darker nights by lighting up nooks and transforming the streets into a living gallery full of installations and performances from artists across Canada. 

Idyllwild, CA’s mayor, Max, is a golden retriever (Max is short for Maximus Mighty Dog Mueller II, if you were wondering). 

Carbondale, CO has a community bread oven and hosts bake days and potlucks; the town is also home to the greenest distillery in the U.S.: Marble Distilling Company, a zero-waste business that recaptures 100% of its process water and reuses energy harvested from the distillation process to heat the facility. 

Winthrop, WA has held an annual Snowshoe Softball tournament for three decades, in which teams must have an equal number of men and women. 

Creede, CO puts on an annual freestyle soapbox derby on Main Street, where the only requirement is that riders must be able to steer and brake. 

Flagstaff, AZ became home to the Red Screen Film Festival, a celebration of native film making, in 2019. 

Astoria, OR hosts Goonies Day every June (well, almost every June) to celebrate the film in its original shooting location, with a treasure hunt, ’80s dance party, and more. 

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