It’s Middlebury, Vt., vs. Bar Harbor, Maine, and it’s neck and neck.
The race is all about the sense of place and the stakes, as is usually the case in competition, is about … well, let’s just put it out there — it’s about pride and ego, and a bit of self-serving capitalism. OK, so we’re not out to save the world today. We’re not even appealing to our better selves. Rather, we’d just like to win.
Still, the satisfaction would be sweet and the stakes, while small, are suddenly worthwhile.