How the winners are chosen

The annual Best of Madison County survey gives readers a chance to select the top local food, people, businesses, organizations and events.

Through a nomination survey at, the top five (plus ties) in each category were placed on the final ballot of 2021.

Readers then voted on the website in 95 categories during a 10-day period in January. A total of 16,257 ballots were submitted online, up from 13,431 last year, an increase of 21%.

Congratulations to all of the finalists — and special kudos to the 2021 Best of Madison County winners!

Scott Underwood, editor of The Herald Bulletin

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