ABOUT THE 2021 THE BEST OF BRANSON PROGRAM

The Best of Branson is the Official Best of Program of Branson, Missouri.

OFFICIAL RULES

 
What is The Best of Branson?

The Best of Branson 2021, invites, engages and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people in Branson. Our focus is on businesses and entertainment that support, serve and do business in Branson.

Do I have to register?

Voting surveys are anonymous and do not require registration. However, we do offer participants the opportunity to share their name, email and telephone number with us so that we can keep them up to date on the program. Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and e-mail address.

Can I vote by paper or in person?

No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and links to our voting platform.

How does nominating work?

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in each of over 70 categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to vote once every 24 hours. There are no limits to the number of nominations you can place.

Readers nominate their favorites in Branson, by selecting one of 6 topic areas (Attractions, Eat & Drink, Entertainment, Shopping, Stay in Branson and Things to Do). Nominations outside of the Branson area will not qualify for the balloting, but are welcome to participate as advertisers in print and our digital destination, www.TheBestofBranson.com.

 

Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (phone number, address, URL). Users are not required to nominate in all categories. You may return any time before 5:00 PM Central Time, Friday, June 18, 2021 to add nominations. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category. Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Only organizations and activities that are currently in business in the Branson area will be eligible for nomination. Nomination is required to be on the final ballot. Business associates and advertisers of the The Best of BransonNorthwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazettewww.TheBestofBranson.comwww.nwaonline.com, and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment.​

The nomination period begins 12:00 PM Central Time, Monday, June 7th, 2021, and ends at 5PM Central Time, Friday, June 18, 2021.

Will everyone that is nominated be on the ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 4 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.

I’ve been nominated, what is required of me?

Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated by our audience will be placed on our ballot as they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top five, they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire, that includes basic business information including, name, location(s), year established, business hours, phone number, web address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.
 

How are votes tabulated?

Votes are tabulated by a third-party. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, campaigns are permitted; however, the producers at it’s sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engages in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process.  Votes that are suspect may be disqualified in the count.

Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition.

The regular voting period begins at Noon Central Time, Monday, June 28, 2021 and ends at 5:00PM Central Time, Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.

Can I “write-In” a business during voting?

Our ballot is a closed ballot, however we will accept late entries into an established category by request. All late entry requests must be received by August 16, 2021 to be included in the process. All late entries must be emailed to support@shopbestofbranson.com for consideration. 

When will winners be announced?

The names of the winners will be posted and announced on Friday, October 29, 2021. All winners will be honored in The Best of Branson special collector's edition. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner may be awarded.

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