New Mexico Towns Enter Contest To Get Revitalized By HGTV Network
Two small New Mexico towns have entered a contest to be revitalized and remodeled by the hosts of the popular HGTV show "Hometown Takeover." Small towns across the United States are all entering into an HGTV contest in the hopes to be chosen to be featured on a new version of their hit reality show, "Home Town." "Home Town" is hosted by Ben and Erin Napier and they're now taking the show on the road with their new spin-off special "Home Town Takeover." On the show, the couple will work with a team of professional home renovators and take over a small town to help transform and bring the town some new life. HGTV says they're hoping the show will be able to "create and foster a town persona that draws on its roots, history, and traditions." Host Ben Napier says the couple are excited to take their skills to new areas and help out struggling towns:
"Renovating one house at a time is an awesome experience. But the chance to support an entire town, where we help bring a community back to life — that's something we’ve always wanted to try."
Two New Mexico towns have already thrown their names into the contest, with the hopes that they will be chosen by the network. According to KRQE, the New Mexico towns of Raton and Portales have both entered into the contest. City officials believe that their cities could benefit from the "takeover" and the town's unique qualities could make them a great place for the cameras to go.
Raton, New Mexico is located in the northwest corner of the state and has an estimated population of 6,000 people in 2018. Portales, New Mexico is located in eastern New Mexico and has an estimated population of 12,000 people in 2018.