Wilson and Laurinburg are two of ten cities and towns in the country chosen as All-America cities. Laurinburg received the award for the first time since 1967 and Wilson for the first time since 1973.
Thirty cities were named finalists and invited to the final round of judging last weekend. Each city made a 10-minute presentation before a panel of ten jurors.
When the time came for the jurors to watch Laurinburg's presentation on Friday, the delegates entered the room clad in kilts, plaid knee socks, black shoes and white shirts. They followed behind four Scottish dancers, a bagpipe player and two drummers.
Wilson's delegates had to wait until the end to learn they had won. Their town was the last of the ten winners announced. The awards were given in Washington, D.C., by the National Civic League, which has given them since 1950.
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