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On July 29, a first-ever evening celebration will be held to recognize Tipton County’s Best of the Best.


Scheduled at 6 p.m. at the Chamber Center, the banquet is an extension of the eighth annual reader’s choice awards praesented by The Leader known as the Best of the Best.


Just as in past years, readers voted on their favorite candidates in a number of varied categories and an edition will be released that will celebrate those candidates. Additionally a banquet will be held on Tuesday night, July 29, where those candidates will be announced and recognized publicly for their excellence in service, products, performance and customer service.

Votes were submitted by readers of The Leader who clipped a newspaper page with all the categories listed and voted for their favorite candidates. Leader staff counted and totaled those votes and will honor those winners and runners-up in a business casual banquet that will include dinner, entertainment and a wine bar. Tickets to the event are $30 per person or $180 for a table of eight.

“We’re very excited about the banquet,” said Leader publisher Brian Blackley. “For years, we’ve gone to the winners, said, ‘you won’ and then gave them a certificate. It was anti-climactic. This way we really recognize the winners in a room of their peers and colleagues and honor them for the work they do. Our staff has done a lot of planning on the food, the entertainment, and the presentation portion of the program and we’re looking forward to it. We’re sure it will be a fun night of celebration.”

The format will be that all finalists will be recognized, but only winners will be called to receive their award at the event to keep the program moving.

“We want to keep the pacing steady,” Blackley said. “We want to take the time to recognize each category’s winner, but with there being 70 or more categories and three or four finalists in each of those, we will show the others on the monitor as we make the presentations to the winners. This way recognizes all achievers with emphasis on the winners and should keep us moving steadily along."

Blackley said the names of winners are being closely guarded until the event and even he only knows who the top three candidates are, not the winners, in each category.

“Two of our counters know who won and put together ’the list' that had them sorted by place,” he said. “They shared it with me, but I don't want to know — yet. To be honest, I haven’t looked at it and I don’t want to. That’s what’s going to make the evening fun for all of us. The suspense of who won what place is what builds excitement and enthusiasm.”

A full list of winners can be found here.

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