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Published 2/24/2020
9:57pm

A-LIST: More Than 65,000 First Round Votes Tallied

Quest to Honor County's Best Businesses Continues; Perry's Lori Loves Pets, Johnny V's Smoke Shack and Laingsburg's Sleepy Hollow State Park Among Most-Voted-For During Prelims

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2020 marks the fourth year for Uplift Shiawassee's A-LIST contest; an annual quest to discover the county's best businesses.  The Shiawassee A-LIST is called "the definitive 'Best of' directory of Shiawassee County businesses," and with more than 65,000 votes cast in just the first round, it's easy to understand why.

Among the Perry and Laingsburg area businesses that received the most votes in their respective categories in the 2020 prelims is 2019 Grooming category winner, Lori Loves Pets (Perry), and 2019 Swimming & Camping category winner, Sleepy Hollow State Park (Laingsburg).

Thanks to a new "A-LIST twist" this year, one other Perry business is guaranteed a spot in the final round of voting.  A new rule this year promises a spot in the final round to any business that has previously won in a specific category more than once in the first three years of the contest.  Brent's Pizza of Perry won the Pizza & Italian category in both 2018 and 2019.  As it turns out, however, Brent's Pizza garnered enough votes in this year's preliminary round to appear in the final round of voting anyway. But the new rule, implemented in an effort to go even deeper in identifying the county's best businesses, may result in more than 5 finalists in some categories -- a first for the A-LIST.

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In the two week preliminary round of voting, a total of 65,262 votes were cast, and multiple-dozens more local businesses were written in for consideration in the final round of voting.

The prelims ran two weeks, beginning February 10th and ending February 21st.  The final round of voting begins Monday March 2nd and ends Friday March 13th.  The results of the 2020 contest will be revealed on March 30th.

Get complete A-LIST contest information, including rules and tools, by visiting the Uplift Shiawassee website here.

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