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Best of Summit voting ends today — make your voice heard

Pet groomers, plumbers and pharmacies. Some might ask politely; others are begging for support. A few local businesses are even trying to entice votes for the Summit Daily News' annual readers choice contest by offering giveaways.

Jockeying among some local businesses has hit a fever-pitch, as all signs suggest quite a few intend to whip this race horse all the way to the finish line in their quest to be crowned 2018 Best of Summit. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

"It's a pretty intense competition when you have 10 nominees in most categories, and up to 20 in the dining categories, going head-to-head to be named the best," said Ian Donovan, the newspaper's advertising director.

"You have businesses asking people who've had a great experience with them to help them win," he added.

The contest, which asks members of the community to pick the Best of Summit, is administered through an online vote. The businesses with the most nominations make it on to the ballot. Then, the businesses with the most votes win. Voters must register and can vote just one time during the contest period.

In all, 124 awards are spread across six all-encompassing categories — arts and entertainment, food and drink, sports and recreation, shopping, services and the community. The Summit Daily News will announce a first-, second- and third-place winner in each category at the third annual Best of Summit event, taking place at the Silverthorne Pavilion on Thursday, Oct. 25. The complete results will be found in the Summit Daily on Friday, Oct. 26.

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Nominees were submitted by Summit Daily readers, and the "featured entrants," which are listed atop each category's nominees online, have paid for their prominent placement, along with a brief description of the business, website links and more.

Voters don't have to weigh in on every category — or even more than one — to cast a ballot. Some businesses are nominated for awards in multiple categories and are vying for more than one piece of hardware. Others are pushing for votes on social media, and one property management company is even offering people who vote for the business a chance to be entered into a drawing for a free two-night stay in one of the company's 350 lodging accommodations across Summit County.

They aren't the only one giving away a free trip. A local marijuana dispensary is giving adults ages 21 and older, of course, free mini-joints for supporting the pot shop in the annual contest. Inside the store, employees were helping customers fill out the online voting form as they waited for a spot on the sales floor to come available.

Donovan thinks one reason the competition is so fierce is bragging rights are at stake. With Best of Summit, many winners promote having that designation in their marketing materials and inside the businesses.

Donovan said he has even seen some businesses produce embroidered jackets with a company's logo sewn right beside a Best of Summit decal.

"It's a sense of pride and being able to say, 'There are all these options to choose from so why not pick the one that's been voted as the best by locals,'" Donovan said of the contest's allure.

But it's not all about business. Several awards in the community and recreation categories also strive to highlight the Best of Summit. Voters will choose the best park, the best place to camp and the best hiking trail. Two highly coveted designations — 2018's Mr. and Ms. Summit County — will go to the man and woman who best exemplify what it means to be the Best of Summit.

To cast your vote, visit SummitDaily.com/BestOfSummit.