Wetumpka awarded 2021 Small Town of the Year

Tourist Trap, Wetumpka
Wetumpka is the new “tourist trap”. (Sally Griffin)

The City of Wetumpka is celebrating after receiving Alabama’s “Small Town of the Year” award by the Alabama Tourism Department. Read on for all the details.

Why Wetumpka?

As someone who grew up regularly visiting family in Wetumpka, a trip to McDonald’s or the car wash was basically the only things to do. But there was something about its old downtown buildings and layout that always screamed to me that it had potential.

The question was, when would someone else see that? In 2020, someone finally did, and it wasn’t a small someone, either—it was HGTV.

In 2019, the City of Wetumpka strode into the small-town spotlight when it was chosen to be featured on HGTV’s Home Town Takeover series. The town was picked over half a million photo and video submissions highlighting over 2,600 American towns. As my Wetumpka-born and raised Grandma would say, “Oh, my stars!”

During its Home Town Takeover, which filmed in 2020, Wetumpka’s charming downtown got a sparkling update with 12 major renovations, including restaurants, shops and other public buildings to enjoy.

How is the town reacting to the news?

“Small Town of the Year” award. (City of Wetumpka, AL Government/Facebook)

“The City of Wetumpka was delighted to receive the Small Town of the Year Award at the Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism last week. The City has been gaining momentum the last several years with many years of planning and implementation. With our downtown streetscape completion and working with HGTV’s Hometown Takeover, Wetumpka has been able to experience this tremendous benefit of tourism. We are excited to share this award with our community and continue our progress on improving the quality of life for our citizens.”

Tiffany Robinson, City Clerk/Treasurer, Wetumpka, Alabama

About the town

Find your way around Wetumpka? (Sally Griffin)

As a small Alabama town, you may not know much about Wetumpka. So here are some fast facts:

  • It’s known as “The City of Natural Beauty”.
  • It’s located in the central region of Alabama just minutes north of Montgomery
  • It’s Alabama’s 3rd fastest-growing county + is the economic center of Elmore County.
  • It’s currently home to slightly over 8,000 residents.

More Alabama winners

There were several more award winners during the recent Governor’s conference on Tourism. Some include:

Want more on Wetumpka? Check this out.

Congrats to the City of Wetumpka on your well-deserved win! 👏

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Patience Itson
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