What started as a battle within the state has now become a battle between the states. Help bring Illinois positive national attention and cast your votes to help the Centralia Orphans win the USA Today Most Unique Mascot Contest, for the region and the state.
The Orphans were the largest vote getter in the first round of the competition, and brought in more than 4 million votes in the regional round, for what was initially thought to be a regional victory. * you can vote as many times as you like
However, due to the overwhelming number of fans voting for their favorite mascot, USA Today’s servers were frequently brought to a crawl during the regional voting and the publication decided to extend voting another two days, starting at 2 p.m. CT, Monday, March 18 and continuing until 2 p.m. CT, Wednesday, March 20.
While it clearly appeared the Orphans won the regional round with 4,071,020 votes, it was a close race, as the apparent Second Place team, the Winona Winhawks of Minnesota, brought in 3,795,627 votes.
Minnesota rallied during the overnight hours, a time when Centralia was at its weakest. We’re asking people to not only vote, but to take the initiative to crank out the votes between midnight and 6 a.m., when we were the most vulnerable.
The contest rules are the same, go online to www.mightyorphans.com , go to vote now and click on Region 4. Find the Centralia Orphans and make sure you enter the “Captcha” code before clicking to vote. * you can vote as many times as you like
Six finalists will advance from the regional round to the national round, which begins at 10 a.m. CT, Thursday, March 21, and ends at 2 p.m. CT, Wednesday, March 27.
The national winner will receive $2,000 for its athletic department. Second place will be awarded $1,000, third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($100)
* please note, you can vote as many times as you like