Charlotte vs. Cincinnati ... which is ‘real’ Queen City?

Charlotte city officials have taken up a challenge from their Cincinnati counterparts to compete in a social media challenge dubbed the Queen City Bowl.

The idea is to “determine” which city really deserves the nickname Queen City. The actual competition will be determined by the outcome of Sunday’s NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio’s version of the Queen City.

But the social media aspect has been launched to help increase interest in the competition.

In advance of the game, Charlotte-area residents are being asked to participate in the event through social media. You can learn more about the competition at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg website, www.charmeck.org. You also can follow updates on social media by using #QCBowl on Twitter or by “liking” Charlotte's Facebook page.

For the record, Charlotte claims ownership to the Queen City nickname because Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was the wife of King George III of Great Britain. Cincinnati claims ownership because the city became known as “The Queen of the West” as its population grew in the late 18th Century with Americans pushing westward along the Ohio Valley.