Voting for The Best of the New River Valley starts next week; businesses can download promotional materials
It’s that time again — time to kick off our eighth-annual Best of the New River Valley readers’ poll.
This year we’ve added 10 new categories — best salads, best sushi, best consignment shop, best pawn shop, best employer, best retirement home, best middle school event (previously combined with elementary), best student-run school club or organization, best community service project by a civic group or other non-profit, and best “hidden jewel” in the New River Valley that more people should know about.
Those join more than 50 other categories, which include all the usual favorites — from best teacher and best rec league coach to best new thing in the New River Valley in the past year.
We’ll open up the voting about mid-week, first with a low-key soft launch to make sure everything’s working, and then the official kickoff on Feb. 8.
The voting ends at midnight on Sunday, March 10, and we’ll publish the results May 12.
In the past four years, voting in the “best of”has quintupled, so the competition has become five times as fierce. (Yes, you’re reading that right: We got five times as many votes last year as in 2009!)
With that in mind, we have something else new this year: We have a way for businesses who want to launch their own “vote for us” campaign to download free materials. Just go to www.roanoke.com/bestof for those.
The actual ballot will be here at theburgs.com; check the site for when it goes live. Or friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and we’ll send you updates.
You can find the 2012 winners here.
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