Salem Chamber campaigns for HGTV takeover

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Stars of HGTV’s Home Town, Ben and Erin Napier, will be leading a Home Town Takeover for the winner of HGTV’s newest contest.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce met Wednesday, Jan. 22 to discuss upcoming events in 2020.

The most recent event nearing is something going on nationwide. If you are an HGTV lover, you might be familiar with the show, Home Town, set in Laurel, Miss. The stars of the show, married couple Ben and Erin Napier, will be visiting a small town in need of a makeover.

The contest was announced Jan. 8. “HGTV is set to take on an ambitious mission—and it will be the most impressive and massive renovation ever—a takeover to makeover an ENTIRE town. Ever since Ben and Erin Napier of the hit series Home Town helped transform Laurel, Miss., fans from small towns across America have flooded HGTV with requests to take on the reno of their home town,” said a press release.

Salem Chamber of Commerce wants to encourage residents to nominate the City of Salem and the deadline is Friday. Feb. 7. Interested parties can log on to to sell the network on why Salem should be the one town featured in the upcoming event series Home Town Takeover. “With Ben and Erin leading the charge, the selected town, with a population less than 40,000, will witness the rehab of multiple individual family homes and the revitalization of public spaces, such as parks, local diners and recreation centers. And, the town will be featured in Home Town Takeover (fka Home Town Rescue), a six-episode series slated to premiere on HGTV in 2021.

‘This is a big one,’ said Erin. ‘HGTV has never, ever taken on a whole town renovation and restoration project and we’re so proud and excited to be leading the team that will get it done. Show us those photos and videos. Tell us what makes your town special and how you’d like us to help make it better. You may see us in your town soon.’”

The website encourages those submitting their towns to upload photos and videos of the town. The website states, “Show us: (1) A place that you think needs a makeover. i.e. a diner, coffee shop, home or playground. (2) A tour around town—the places that need help and the people who love this town. (3) Anywhere your town needs love and what you love about it.”

Students from Salem High School have taken advantage of the opportunity and have been photographing the town and talking to local business owners. The Salem Chamber of Commerce Facebook page has created an album of photos from around the City of Salem. These photos may be saved and used to submit when completing an application.

Other upcoming events discussed were: Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo (April 4), Food Truck Friday (April 17), Citywide Yard-Sale (April 18) and Homecoming (Memorial Day weekend). More details on these events will be released closer to time.

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