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PHOTOS: Dawson County News hosts Best of Dawson winners at inaugural open house

The Dawson County News hosted its inaugural Best of Dawson Winners’ Open House last night at the Professional Development Center where hundreds of award winners came out to walk the red carpet and celebrate their achievement in being named the Best of Dawson in our 2019 Best of Dawson Readers’ Choice Awards.

We asked our community to cast your votes for the best businesses, organizations, restaurants and professionals Dawson County had to offer, and you delivered.

This year posted a record-breaking number of votes, with more than 160,000 votes being cast in our 192 categories ranging from Best Pediatrician to Best Ice Cream and all that’s in between.

Winners of the annual contest were invited to attend our inaugural open house reception where they received advanced copies of the 2019 Best of Dawson magazine along with their official winners’ certificates and window clings, participated in door raffle prizes donated by local businesses and award winners, posed in front of the official Best of Dawson backdrop for professional portraits and celebrated their accomplishment with their fellow winners.

The event was sponsored by Northeast Georgia Health System, which won Best Hospital Presence in this year’s competition.

Floral arrangements that decorated the tables were provided by Dawsonville Florist, recipient of this year’s Best Floral Arrangements.

Winner of Best Desserts, Jacki’s Kitchen, provided numerous sweets from chocolate covered bacon to peanut butter balls to pecan pie squares to mini cheese cakes for guests to enjoy.

The open house was catered by Chick-fil-A, winner of Best Catering.

Chick-fil-A was also the business to win the most awards in this year’s contest, earning 10 wins for: Best Catering, Best Place to Work, Best American Food, Best Drive Through, Best Family Restaurant, Best Fast Food, Best Lunch, Best Place to Eat with Children, Best Takeout and Best Sweet Tea.

The full list of winners is available in our 2019 Best of Dawson magazine that hit stands today. It is also inside the March 27, 2019 of the Dawson County News. The magazine will be on stands until March 2020.

An electronic edition of the magazine is available here.

A full gallery of the winners’ portraits is available on the Dawson County News Facebook page.  

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