Welcome to our annual “Best Of” voting in four of our community editions – The Botetourt View in Botetourt County, So Salem in Salem and western Roanoke County, SWoCo in Southwest Roanoke County and The Burgs in the New River Valley. Readers in those areas pick the best of everything, from best burgers and best pizza to best teacher and best rec league coach.
Voting officially kicks off Feb. 8 (we’ll have a soft launch a few days earlier to make sure everything is working; check the respective sites for details on that) and runs through midnight, March 10.
We’ll publish the results in The Botetourt View, So Salem and SWoCo on April 19 and in The Burgs on May 12.
For The Botetourt View, So Salem and SWoCo, this will be the fifth year of voting, and we’ve seen huge increases in the number of participants. Last year, we had 11 times as many voters in Salem and SWoCo as we did our first year, 12 times as many in Botetourt County.
In the New River Valley, “best of” dates back further, so this will be our eighth year there. The voting is also up there, as well, having quintupled since 2009.
If you want to find out more about new additions to this year’s ballot, or who has won in previous years, you can check out these links:
If you want to advertise, contact your Roanoke Times account executive or call 540.981.3261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.