PRINCETON — The City of Princeton is making a bid to be the target of a takeover — as in HGTV’s new “Hometown Takeover” season.

Princeton Mayor Greg Wright, with help from his office manager Janelle Wood and Gibson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patty Vanoven, submitted content Friday to the RTR Media “Hometown Takeover” to contend as a candidate for the new series featuring Ben and Erin Napier of the HGTV series “Home Town.”

The contest is open to any town with a population of less than 40,000 that features homes with great architecture and a main street in need of a facelift.

The response to the contest was so large that the server was overloaded, according to a HGTV post Friday. An alternate upload avenue was offered for submissions.

The Princeton entry features photos of historic buildings in town including the former Greek’s cafe and candy store at the corner of North Hart and East State Streets, the former Charlie Steele property at the corner of East Emerson and North Gibson Streets, the old Princeton High School property on East State Street and several downtown buildings.

Wright, who serves as Gibson County Historian, also submitted a video of footage showing downtown Princeton in days gone buy and “now and then” photos of various local landmarks.

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