The time to nominate your favorite businesses for the 2018 edition of the Daily Journal’s Best of the Parkland Contest is drawing to a close. The nomination period ends at midnight Saturday.
The contest began last year and had dozens of businesses in St. Francois, Madison, Washington, Iron and Ste. Genevieve Counties recognized by the public for their outstanding service. This year the public has had the opportunity to nominate businesses in more than 100 categories ranging from best food, places to shop, services, auto mechanics and many more.
For the past few weeks the Daily Journal has received several thousand nominations per week, but there's still time to add favorites to the list. Nominations for each category can be made by visiting www.dailyjournalonline.com/contests/ until midnight Saturday. If nominations do not fit an existing categories, a new category will be created.
Then starting Sunday our staff will be documenting and double-checking the nominations. After all are finalized, voting for the "best of" in each category will take place from March 24 to April 7, accessible by the same web address as the nomination form.
"Nominating your favorite businesses is only half the process," explained Daily Journal Media Manager/Advertising Director Cody McGee. "Then you need to go back in after March 24 and cast votes for your favorites in each category."
You can vote once per day per category, so return several times to help assure your favorites are named "Best Of ..." for 2018.
Winners will be published in the April 28 edition of the Daily Journal, the May 2 edition of the Democrat News and the May 3 edition of the Farmington Press.
Nominated businesses will be promoted on social media, and should promote themselves on social media and directly to patrons, through mentions about the contest encouraging patrons to vote for them.
But for now the time is ticking on the nomination period. Go to www.dailyjournalonline.com/contests/ to nominate your favorites in the Parkland.