The time has finally arrived for individuals to make their voices heard by voting for the first place winners from the Top 3 that have been chosen as part of Best of Texoma 2019.


The long process of nominations and runoffs to determine the Top 3 Winners in the 177 categories of Best of Texoma 2019 has come to a close, and now the final round of voting to select the first place winner in each of those categories gets underway Thursday and will run through March 29.


“As promised in January, this year’s Best of Texoma is the biggest and best ever, without question, and we have experienced the most participation ever,” Texoma Marketing and Media Group Senior Group Publisher Nate Rodriguez said. “Best of Texoma has routinely defined what our readers and voters in the community believe deserves recognition, and we’re excited to add all of this year’s winners to those ranks. The public’s votes decide the eventual winners, so community participation is absolutely essential.”


Voting in this final round of the process will be online only through www.BestofTexoma.com. All the winners, including those that receive first place votes, will be announced at this year’s Best of Texoma Gala on April 27 and then featured in the annual 2019 Best of Texoma Magazine.


“The 2019 Best of Texoma Gala will follow our commitment to making this year’s program the biggest and best ever,” Rodriguez said. “Last year, we sold out the Texoma Event Center — maxing out their capacity by hosting the largest event ever held in Texoma. In fact, we already have a waiting list of businesses wanting tickets to celebrate their win on the big night of the celebration.”


This year’s contest has attracted more suggestions, more nominations and more votes than in any previous year, thus demonstrating the public’s support for and interest in the effort to select and honor the best of the best in the Texoma community. In fact, for the first time in the awards’ history, voting in the nomination phase was so tight in some categories it resulted in a runoff vote to decide the top three for this final voting phase.


For the Best of Texoma Gala, which is in its third year, winners will be invited to a special dinner at the Texoma Event Center located at Denison’s Hilton Garden Inn. Madison Fuller, Miss Texas 2018, will serve as the master of ceremonies for this year’s gala. The first place winner in each category will be announced during the event, and those results will then be published in the Best of Texoma Magazine, which is scheduled to be released on April 28.


Online voters may submit one ballot per IP or email address per day. If votes cast do not follow guidelines, they will be deemed invalid and will result in all votes by that IP or email address being disqualified for the duration of the 2019 cycle. Already this year, 642 accounts have been disqualified because of this. Online ballots for the final round of Best of Texoma 2019, which begins at 12:01 a.m. March 14, must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 29, to be considered. Advertising with Texoma Marketing and Media Group does not impact the results of the Best of Texoma honors.