The Sumter Item is hosting its 1st-ever Best of Sumter nominee expo

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Posted 2/17/19

Best of Sumter 2019 is well underway, with a record number of votes already having been cast, and the public will soon have the chance to meet some of the nominees and the services they provide.

A nominee showcase expo is set for Thursday at …

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The Sumter Item is hosting its 1st-ever Best of Sumter nominee expo

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Best of Sumter 2019 is well underway, with a record number of votes already having been cast, and the public will soon have the chance to meet some of the nominees and the services they provide.

A nominee showcase expo is set for Thursday at Central Carolina Technical College's Iris Room, 111 S. Main St., where everyone is welcome to attend for free between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The expo will feature nominees in The Sumter Item's annual readers choice Best of Sumter contest, where each participating business or person will have a table or demonstration space to promote their product and vie for more votes. Voting ends Feb. 28.

"We're excited to showcase some of our great Sumter area businesses in one place," Publisher Vince Johnson said. "We'll have some free food and giveaways, and we're planning to stream a lot of the event on Facebook. So after work on Thursday, stop by CCTC and hang out for a bit."

Free food will be provided through tastings of food from selected nominees in the food and drink categories, from barbecue and wings to desserts and shaved ice.

Nominee booths will be handing out giveaways, and anyone who attends can vote on a Best Expo Booth category from the participating nominees. That award will be announced at the end of the Best of Sumter red carpet winners celebration event on April 25 in a brand new Best of the Best category.

Much of the event will be live-streamed through The Sumter Item's Facebook page, and coverage will run across The Sumter Item's media platforms.

If you are a nominee and are interested in participating in the expo, reach out to your sales representative, email marketing@theitem.com or call (803) 774-1200.