Who will reach the top?: Best of WNC voting opens

Place your gear, harness up and slip on your voting shoes. You can almost smell the rocky pinnacle; the pride and respect that comes with standing tall above everyone else. The mountain is open!

Voting has begun for the beloved annual Best of WNC awards. You have until  11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 to complete your ballot and make sure your voice is heard.

Whether you are a voracious visitor, a tentative transplant, a lifetime local or anything in between, if you care about this community and the institutions that make it great, this is your chance to make sure your choices are rewarded with mountain-top status. Vote your passion and knowledge on what is the very best. Take your time, vote for what you love, leave the rest, and start your ballot now.

A little different

Mountain Xpress is constantly refining and streamlining the voting process to make it easier to be a part of Best Of. One difference returning voters may notice this year is that all the band and artist categories have been removed from the regular ballot. Not to worry though, these categories haven’t been overlooked, omitted or dropped. Instead, in an effort to give them a bigger spotlight and the attention they deserve, arts, crafts and bands will receive their own polls. Look for these voting ballots to go live this summer.

Even better: The winners of the arts and crafts categories will be featured in a special exhibition curated by the Asheville Area Arts Council in conjunction with American Craft Week (date TBA).

The winners of the band categories will have an opportunity to play a showcase hosted by New Mountain (date TBA).

Get out the Vote

Got a business you think should reach the top of Mount Best-Of? Want to help promote your favorite places? Here are links to download printable promotional materials (poster, postcard & table tent) and online “Vote Now” Web Graphics.

The competition is expected to be tough. Tell your cohorts you are voting and who you’re voting for by using the sharing tools on the ballot; and get others on board. Flex your influence to get your favorites to the peak where they can be properly appreciated.

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