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DeSoto County Enters HGTV’S ‘Home Town Takeover’ Contest


DeSoto County Tourism Development Council website

Arcadia, FL (February 11, 2020) – DeSoto County has submitted its hometown, Arcadia, for HGTV’s ‘Home Town Takeover.’ 

The show, hosted by Ben and Erin Napier from the series 'Home Town,' has plans to make over an entire town. The criteria for the contest included: a small town with a population of 40,000 or less, homes with great architecture, and a Main Street in need of a facelift.

Arcadia is a historic town located in DeSoto County, a rural community in the heartland of Florida.  With a population just over 8,200 (and just over 37,000 in the entire County), we believe Arcadia has all the components HGTV is looking for. In addition to the small population, we have a large number of early 20th century homes desperately in need of renovation, and a historic downtown, overflowing with history.

The four-minute and thirty-second video highlights Arcadia’s downtown area as well as other community gems including the rodeo, the river, the ag industry, and of course the people. The video was submitted prior to the February 7 deadline to HGTV. It is unknown, at this point, what steps are next.  According to the show’s website, the six-episode season is set to air on HGTV in 2021.

Along with the help of Marketing Alliance, a creative firm on retainer with the County for its tourism and economic development marketing services, County staff turned the project around in just a few short days.

“The community really came together in a big way,” stated Mandy Hines, DeSoto’s county administrator. “As part of the 1-day video shoot, we invited the community to join us at the Tree of Knowledge for a group shot. It was a big undertaking in a very short period of time, but we received a tremendous amount of support from several companies and organizations including the Arcadia Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office, DeSoto Memorial Hospital, South Florida State College, the County’s Health Department, the DeSoto Chamber, Farm Credit of Florida, Crews Bank & Trust, our School District and many others. It was wonderful!”

DeSoto County is a fiscally constrained-community. Both the County and the City operate on a shoestring budget and beautification projects rarely make the cut.

View Arcadia’s Home Town video here

About Discover DeSoto

The DeSoto County Tourism Development Department provides technical assistance to tourism-related businesses and promotes DeSoto County and the City of Arcadia as a visitor destination. Located just one-hour east of Sarasota and Bradenton and one hour north of Fort Myers, DeSoto County is the exact opposite of what so many visitors to Florida experience. It’s 100% natural. The land is unspoiled and the pace is unhurried. It’s also home to Florida’s longest running and largest rodeo event and has one of the most unique antique shopping districts around. Discover DeSoto. Plan your trip today,