Annual Wake Weekly contest underway.
By Kelly Knowles
It’s that exciting time of year again; time to vote for the Best of the Best. Your voice will be heard in this local competition held by The Wake Forest Weekly, which each year recognizes the very best of area businesses, services, schools and more. Last year, more than 53,000 individual votes were cast for over 400 businesses in 144 categories.
With 10 more categories than last year, voters can pick their favorite service providers, merchants and merchandise from a list of 150 categories, ranging from auto repair shops to restaurant dishes, after school programs and salons. Within each category, you can vote on things such as your favorite local leaders in business and public service, favorite coach, high school spirit section, neighborhood, and so on. One of the most popular categories is the food and drink section, with 32 things to vote for, including best place for breakfast, hot dogs, sushi, and best dinner under $12.
Not only does the Best of the Best put a spotlight on community business, but it also allows newcomers a chance to visit places that the locals have already deemed worthy of recognition. Winners of the Best of the Best contest will be invited to a banquet in September at Richland Creek Community Church, and be recognized in a special section of the newspaper.
Many local merchants promote the contest, but the voting isn’t limited to those businesses. Nominations are allowed for all people, places, services and businesses with a Wake Forest, Rolesville, Franklin County, or northern Wake County address. To be valid, a ballot must have a minimum of 10 categories filled in.
Full-page ballots for voting can be found on page 4A of this week’s edition of the newspaper, as well as online at wakeweekly.com. Only one original newspaper ballot or one online ballot will be accepted per person. Newspaper ballots can be delivered to 229 E. Owen Ave., Wake Forest, or mailed to P.O. Box 1919, Wake Forest, NC 27588.
Voting began July 7 and ends Aug. 19 at midnight. We encourage you to vote early; don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard and to choose the very best.