The Pilot’s annual Best of the Pines contest has grown and evolved right along with our supportive small business community. This year we added more categories, simplified the online ballot, and made it easier for businesses to encourage their fans to vote. In turn, the community made this year one for the record books.
The summer-long campaign began with a Kickoff Party and Voter’s Rally in May. Write-in nominations were open for four weeks, and the top eight nominees in 166 categories made it on the ballot in June. After four weeks of voting, we were blown away by over 18,000 voters and a total of more than 227,000 votes cast across all categories.
The Pilot, a small, locally owned business itself, thanks you for your engagement in our favorite contest of the year. You can bet we’re already working hard behind the scenes to improve the contest even more for 2020.
Over the next year, we hope you are able to use this website to find a new place to eat, a service provider to help you out in a pinch, and ways to celebrate your favorite places, events, teachers, and first responders. We hope you enjoy the results — and life in The Pines — as much as we do.