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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best of the Pines?

Best of the Pines is an annual people’s choice event intended to honor Moore County as a community and to honor the businesses, individuals, organizations and ideas that make our community a better place to live.

When can I vote? Where?

The final voting phase runs in August. Only the top 8 nominees from the nominations phase in July make it to the Final Voting Ballot. Use the menu at the top to get to the ballot, or click here.

How many times can I nominate?

One nomination vote, per category. 

Do I have to nominate/vote in every category for my entry to count?

No! You can pick and choose the categories that mean the most to you. As long as you submit your email address, your entry counts.

How are people and places added to the ballot?

If your favorite business isn’t listed, no worries! You are able to write-in during the voting period. If your business or name should be removed from a category, let us know by emailing us at

We are able to add write-ins to the ballot as the votes come in, hopefully leveling the playing field for new and up-and-coming nominees. So if you submit a nominee, check back the next day and it should be on the ballot for all to see — and for you to share! 

Do businesses have to pay in order to get on the ballot?

No way! It is 100% free to participate. We do have options to give your business more exposure, but purchasing advertising does not guarantee anything for the contest. 

Can you add a category to the ballot?

Sorry, categories are set for this year. In the event that we left something off by accident, it may be added after nominations open. But we do want to hear your suggestions for 2021! Please tell us which categories you think we should add (or even remove) by emailing us at

There’s some outdated or incorrect information on the ballot. Can you fix that?

Uh-oh. Yes! We tried to double-check everything, but mistakes still happen. Please tell us what’s wrong, then point us to the correct info, and we’ll get it fixed:

Why hasn’t my write-in been added to ballot?

There could be a number of reasons. Here are some of the most common: 

(1) We haven’t gotten to it yet. Our small team is working around the clock, but there are thousands of submissions to sort through, and unfortunately, that takes some time. 

(2) There was incomplete information. Complete names and places of employment are super helpful in speeding the process along. 

(3) We noticed the nominee wasn’t in Moore County. We love our neighbors all around, but we try to draw the line at people and places with a Moore County address. Some exceptions apply.

(4) We messed up. It’s possible we made an error or there’s a glitch in the system. Reach out to us at, and we’ll be happy to check.

What happened to that one category from last year?

You sent us hundreds of notes during and after last year’s Best of the Pines, and we used that feedback to create this year’s ballot. So some categories have been expanded. Others have been tweaked for clarity. And a couple were put on the shelf. We did our best to consider the impact of these changes, but we’d like to hear from you if you have comments or suggestions for the 2021 ballot. Please email those messages to

When will winners be announced?

We hope to have a big party in October, but we’re playing that by ear, so stay tuned. Awards are announced to the public in the Best of the Pines magazine, which will be available in The Pilot newspaper on Sunday, October 18, 2020. 

When will the Best of the Pines magazine be available?

On Sunday, October 18, the magazine will be included in subscriber copies of The Pilot. 

Can I advertise in the Best of the Pines magazine?

Yes! Please contact our sales team at Placing an ad does not influence the results of the voting.

Do you have any materials to help nominees promote themselves?

We sure do! Free social media marketing graphics are available to download here. We encourage you to share these on Facebook, Instagram, add them to your email signature, print them out and put them by your register … use them to your advantage!