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Meet Best of Hall nominees today at civic center

For the first time, the public can meet face-to-face with businesses that have been nominated in The Times’ annual Best of Hall competition.

An event featuring some 40 businesses has been set for 4-6 p.m. today at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

“This is a free event and a fun opportunity for Times readers and the general public to meet owners or principals of Hall County’s finest businesses,” said Leah Nelson, director of revenue for The Times.

Best of Hall is an annual readers’ choice contest sponsored by The Times.

Voting started Oct. 29 and ends Nov. 30. Residents can vote once per category, per day at

So far, voting has been brisk.

“We’ve got almost 35,000 votes as of (Wednesday, Oct. 31),” Nelson said. “The last competition, we had 51,000 votes total.”

Winners will be announced at an event set for Jan. 31 at the civic center. They will be announced in The Times.

Businesses that have been nominated are those that either are based or serve primarily in Hall County, Nelson said.

“The reason we do the (contest) is for engagement with readers and the general public, to let them get to know their local businesses and what they represent,” she said.

Best of Hall

What: Event showcasing businesses that have been nominated for annual readers’ choice competition

When: 4-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St

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