GLASGOW — There is hope that Glasgow will be considered for a whole-town overhaul courtesy of HGTV’s television series “Home Town” hosted by Ben and Erin Napier.
The network has issued a challenge to residents of small towns with populations of 40,000 or less who love their hometowns and want to see them given new life through a renovation project.
The renovation of the winning small town will be part of the series “Home Town Takeover,” a six-episode special event scheduled to air on HGTV in 2021.
MacLean Lessenberry, executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, plus about 10 other people decided to enter the competition.
“If we get chosen, HGTV will bring the show ‘Home Town’ and come film a season here of them renovating buildings in our downtown area,” Lessenberry said, adding that it will be great to have Glasgow’s storefronts redone and the buildings taken back to their former glory.
Applicants had to meet specific criteria for the competition. In addition to having a population of 40,000 people or less, towns to be considered should have downtown storefronts that need help and they should have historic homes in the area.
“Basically, it went crazy on social media and a group of us just decided to go ahead and do it. There were multiple parts to the application. You only had two and-a-half weeks to do it,” she said.
Kole Wilkinson, a real estate agent for Elmore Realty and Auction in Glasgow, recorded most of the footage for the video.
Wilkinson hopes that if HGTV chooses Glasgow as the winner that the town will benefit both economically and financially from the project.
“That is our goal or we would have not tried,” he said.
Lessenberry and Wilkinson enlisted the help of Amy Allen, principal at Glasgow High School, who coordinated with Amy Irwin, principal at Barren County High School, to get the student sections at the recent Glasgow vs. Barren County basketball game to do chants for the video.
A radio station, 104.7 The Score, Tweeted about the student sections getting involved, along with a short video, and HGTV reTweeted it and tagged Glasgow.
In the network’s Tweet, it said: “Love this so much! Great cheering.”
“I hope that we get selected,” Allen said, adding that if Glasgow is chosen the project will give the downtown area some facade upgrades and kind of a facelift, which she thinks is much needed.
Allen, who is also president of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, said the project just might give Glasgow the momentum it needs to get some things going.
If it doesn’t get chosen, Allen said she thinks the video shows the pride the community has for Glasgow.
“I hope it gets picked up on social media and people take a lot of pride watching it and that they take a lot of pride being from Glasgow and Barren County,” she said.
The video was edited by Cody Meek with the Glasgow Electric Plant Board and radio personality Henry Royse of WCLU Radio narrated it.
The deadline for entering the competition was initially on Friday, but it was extended to Monday.
Glasgow is not the only town in Kentucky that has entered the competition. Burkesville, Brownsville, Columbia and Hazard have also entered, Lessenberry said.
A social media campaign is underway to draw attention to Glasgow’s application with hopes that Glasgow will be selected by the network.
“What we want to do is flood social media with the hashtag HGTVtoGlasgow,” Lessenberry said.