How to have your say in's Best of 2018

There’s so much to love about Dayton. We could go on and on and on. 

This time, we want you to tell us your favorite things about life in Dayton.

The Best of 2018 poll is just around the corner, and here is what you need to know to get involved and be part of the vote. 

This is your chance to celebrate your favorites in just about every aspect of Dayton life and possibly even settle some longstanding arguments amongst family and friends.


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The Best of Dayton poll gives you the chance to help us determine the best of the best in the Gem City.

This year, we will have a new and improved user experience. 

We will have more than 100 categories in the areas of:

• Food and Dining
• Bars and Nightlife
• Outdoors, Active Lifestyle and Recreation
• Shopping
• Services
• Culture, Music and Entertainment

Here’s how to get involved in the fun:


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First, we want you to weigh in on what categories you would like to see included this year. 

Now we’re not just talking best burger, best pizza, best beer and best wings. Those tried-and-true favorites are on the list. But with each new poll we want to add some new categories. Recent additions have included Best Dayton Drag Queen, Best Bartender, Best Tattoo Artist, Best Bar Bathroom and Best Dayton-Centric Gift.

Be creative and think about what’s uniquely Dayton and how we can shine a spotlight on the best of this city!

Check out our Instagram page @daytondotcom and take our poll in our Instagram story.

Join the conversation now on our Facebook page.


Mark your calendars for these dates! We encourage you to nominate all of your favorites so they have a chance to make the final ballot. And yes, you can nominate yourself. The more nominations, the better the chances of making the final ballot.

Nominations will be accepted from Nov. 5-26, 2018.

The team will take all of your nominations into consideration before assembling the final ballot.

No nominations will be accepted after Nov. 26, so don’t miss your chance to get involved. Nominations must be submitted through our nominating and voting tool. We will not accept nominations via email, phone call or social media commenting or messaging.


Once we determine the finalists, we will open the polls.

Voting opens Dec. 5, 2018, and closes on Dec. 22, 2018. 

During this time frame, you can cast your vote in all categories, or as many categories as you’d like.

The poll is interactive, customizable and easy to use. It even makes social media sharing a piece of cake.

>> View official contest rules here


The best part of this poll is the community conversation. If you’re a nominee, spread the word to all of your family, friends and customers and rally your troops for support. We want everyone to know about Best of Dayton and to get involved.


Winners will be announced in January. Sign up for our What to Love newsletter to be the first to know the results.

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