Jeremiah Bartz

It’s that time of the year again. Best of the Valley is back.

For the next two weeks readers can visit our website, nominate and ultimately vote for the Best of the Valley.

Best of the Valley, our annual reader’s choice awards, is not just another project the Frontiersman puts together each year. It’s an opportunity for us all to interact as a community and brag about the best the Valley has to offer. That interaction is what sets it apart, and makes it special. Readers have the opportunity to show their appreciation and support of their favorite people, places, businesses and services in the Valley. The feedback provided from our readers gives us another way to highlight and showcase what is truly great about the Mat-Su.

Everyone plays their part.

This is a longtime tradition that grows each year. We receive emails and social media messages from readers weeks in advance asking when voting begins. Last year there were more than 83,000 votes. It’s fantastic to see that type of participation, and we are all excited about the continued potential.

It’s also great to see the winners show their excitement and display the certificates we distribute to the winners each year. I can’t count the number of times a framed Best of the Valley certificate hanging on the wall of a local business has caught my attention.

This year readers can nominate and vote on their favorites in seven different categories: recreation and accommodation, food and drink, retail, services, people and professionals, venues and destinations, and health and wellness. Each category has numerous subcategories. There are more than two-dozen subcategories in the food and drink category alone.

The nomination period is open at now and continues through May 28. Voting opens on June 1 and continues through June 7. Results will be available online June 10 and the Best of the Valley special section publishes June 30.

Check out the Best of the Valley link at, and nominate and vote for your favorites.

Contact Frontiersman managing editor Jeremiah Bartz at

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