This week, voting in our Best of the Best Readersâ Choice awards begins and changes have been made for the contestâs eighth year.Â
For starters, there will be a new way to announce winners, more categories have been added and voters will have a chance to win money just by submitting a ballot.
âBest of the Best has been a very successful and visible section and this year's goal is to make it even more special and more visible,â said Leader publisher Brian Blackley. âWe're adding an awards ceremony where winners will be recognized in a public banquet to be held during the summer and we'll be adding some great new categories to recognize people who inspire us -- one example is âYouth of the Year.ââ
The Best of the Best banquet will take place on Tuesday, July 29 in Covington. Those whoâve placed in each category will be invited to attend. Winners will be officially announced in the paper as well.
And, like the coveted titles of Mr. and Ms. Tipton County, Youth of the Year will honor someone under 18 making a difference in the community.Â
Since 2007, The Leader has asked its readers to help honor deserving businesses and individuals in Tipton County and each year the Best of the Best section is one of the most-anticipated. Blackley said its because Tipton Countians enjoy celebrating the successes of their friends and neighbors.
âWe are honored when we walk into businesses and see those âBest ofâ certificates from past years, so we hope to add a real extra dimension with our awards ceremony and give an extra bit of public attention to the best of Tipton County,â he said. âOur goal is the make Best of the Best the best we've ever had.â
Voting begins May 1 and continues through May 31. Voters are encouraged to include their name and contact information at the bottom of the ballot for a chance to win $100. The drawing will take place during the banquet.