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College Station in running for "most friendly" town

Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

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Roger Zhang -- THE BATTALION

Bob Schatz rock climbs Thursday afternoon at the Student Recreation Center. Bob Schatz along with Jennifer Jordon are a part of a two person team known as the Rouge Riders. They are part of a nationwide contest Best of the Road in search of the friendliest town.

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Roger Zhang -- THE BATTALION

Jennifer Jordon takes a bite of a Rev Café burger Thursday afternoon as part of Best of the Road searching for the friendliest town.

College Station is in the running for the "most friendly" town in America, and the Rouge Riders decide the fate of Aggieland in USA Today’s Best of the Road competition.

The competition is split into five categories, including most friendly, most beautiful, most fun, most patriotic and best food. Each category has an assessment team that goes from town to town to take in the local flavor.

From Thursday to Saturday, the Rouge Riders will look to find and see the best Aggieland has to offer. The team will take tours of campus and visit places such as the Bush Library, Veteran’s Park, TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field and Texas World Speedway.

Rogue Riders consists of two freelance writers, Jessica Jordan and Robert Schatz, who have worked with TV networks such as Food Network, Home and Garden TV, TLC, Travel Channel and the History Channel. Jordan said this is their first on-camera gig they received.

Taylor Haby, senior nuclear engineering major, said he thinks College Station will be competitive.

“I would venture to say College Station is the friendliest city I’ve ever been to, and I’m well traveled,” Haby said.

Students, including senior petroleum engineering major Hector Funes, are involved in showing the team around campus. Funes said it's fun to see people here having a good time, enjoying the traditions at A&M.

“They are really into it,” he said. "They have been learning how to whoop and how to say 'Howdy' to random people."

Schatz said the greeting is contagious and seems to bring everyone together.

Since they have been here, Jordan and Schatz said their time in College Station has been great. Their favorite moment has been getting out on Kyle field.

Locals were instrumental in showing them the best College Station has to offer.

“The city hasn’t paid any money on this. Everybody has donated their time. It’s been the restaurants and other local businesses,” said Lacey Lively, College Station Convention and Visitor’s Bureau agent.

The team will participate in events from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Veteran's Park and 7 p.m. Saturday at The Dixie Chicken on Northgate.

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