Of course Delray is going to win the “Most Fun Small Town In America.” Everyone is buzzing about the fact that we are up for this award, an award bestowed by Rand McNally to celebrate lesser-known locations with special character. They are then later featured as the Best of the Road® in travel guides and in the Rand McNally Road Atlas.
Truth is, I fail to see how it’s going to be any contest at all. Here are the contenders: Corning, New York, which I suspect is home to the casserole dish, the one with tiny blue flowers you have had since college. Denton, Texas is another one but the fact that it is only 38 miles from Oklahoma is enough to disqualify it as anything close to fun. Then you have two towns, one in Ohio and one in Indiana. These are heartland towns. The heartland is many things but it is not way up there on the fun-ometer. Finally, you have Buena Park, California, which is close to Disney and has Knott’s Berry Farm, both of which are canceled out by the fact that it has one of those Medieval dinner/jousting tournament places, perhaps the worst idea on the planet for fun; turkey legs and horse droppings do not an evening make.
On the other hand, Delray has the following: The Man of Steam in the St. Paddy’s Day Parade; The Sail Inn; a festival dedicated to garlic; boat parades; a 100-foot Christmas tree with Santa Claus; the Downtowner golf cart rides; Joe Gillie; a train that goes right through the middle of town; Segway tours; pet parades; scuba dining. The Trouser Shop, kite surfing, baby turtles.
I could go on and on, but suffice to say that once the map people come here for their Road Rally Visit sometime between June 15th and July 15th, I think not only will Delray get a new title, but those people are going to want to move here, too.
It’s that much fun…