Vote daily throughout February for Best of Sumter contest

Reader’s Choice winners will be announced in April


Voting for Best of Sumter 2018, The Sumter Item's annual reader's choice contest, opens today, offering readers the chance to pick their favorite business, teacher, restaurant and doctor from more than 200 categories.

More than 3,000 nominations were received in January, which are now ready to be voted on all through February. Voters can pick once in every category once a day, every day, all month long.

"This is the biggest reader's choice contest we've done at the Item in its 123-year history, and we're excited to celebrate all the great people and businesses right here in our community," Publisher Vince Johnson said.

Votes can be cast online at, where readers go into categories within Auto & Transportation, Education, Business, Community, Food & Beverage, Professionals and Medical.

Ballots will also be available to fill out in certain papers, including today's. Other dates the print ballot is scheduled to run include:

- Sunday, Feb. 4;

- Friday, Feb. 9;

- Tuesday, Feb. 13;

- Thursday, Feb. 15;

- Sunday, Feb. 18;

- Wednesday, Feb. 21; and

- Sunday, Feb. 25.

Winners with the most votes in their category will be announced in The Sumter Item's glossy Best of Sumter magazine in April, receive a Best of Sumter window cling and framed photo recognition and be invited to a Best of Sumter event.

To promote your nominated business throughout the voting period, contact your Item sales representative or email