Vote for your statewide favorites!

It’s time once again to crown Missouri’s favorites in the annual Best of Rural Missouri Readers’ Choice Contest, our statewide search for the most popular rural eateries, destinations and activities across the Show-Me State. For the 16th edition of this annual staple, we’ve brought back some perennial categories and added a few new ones to mix things up a bit. Based on your votes, we’ll name a winner and runner-up in each category below, along with an editor’s choice. By entering, you’re also entered to win a Best of Missouri gift basket full of goodies valued at $500!

So, get out your pen or get online and voice your opinion. Vote in as many or as few categories as you like, but only ballots with votes in at least 10 categories will be eligible for the prize drawing. No purchase necessary. One entry per person. Ballot must be postmarked by Jan. 11, 2017. Drawing will be held Jan. 18, 2017. (Note: Your address will not be used for anything other than this contest. The winner will be notified by phone. Employees of electric cooperatives and their immediate families may vote, but they are not eligible for the drawing.)

* Please provide us with a little information about yourself. This information will be used to contact you if you win our drawing. It will not be shared with anyone.

* Electric Cooperative

* Restaurant (Dining worth the drive)

* Hamburger (Where do you have it your way?)

* Barbecue (Smoked meat that can’t be beat)

* Catfish (Where’s your favorite fillet?)

* Pizza (A slice of nice)

* Dessert  (Made-from-scratch meal-enders)

* Pub Grub (Which winery or microbrewery has the best food?)

* Winery (By the glass or bottle, which is the finest?)

* Craftsperson (Who’s hands are best?)                     

* Best Kept Secret (Let everyone else know)

* Festival (What event offers the most fun?)

* State Park/Historic Site (Top state treasure)

* Golf Course (A duffer’s delight)

* Band (What Missouri group gets your toes tapping?)

* Wedding Destination (Top spot to say “I do”)

* Flea Market (Where are the deals?)