Don't let it bug you so much.
I'm from a small town, too. The biggest thing going each summer was the Fireman's Parade and the annual DelMarVa Poultry Festival or if you went all the way to Harrington, DE there was the Harrington Fair (the Delaware State Fair).
Just tell 'em that "You were country, when country wasn't cool." Think Barbara Mandrell sang that.
BTW, Dustinac - my brother who lives in NJ IS
related to his wife. They are cousins somewhere waaaaaaaaaaaay back in our family tree,