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Voting was conducted online and allowed residents to suggest their own favorites instead of requiring them to pick from a list of finalists. The event has drawn more than 3,000 votes from individual residents in Clark County each year it has been offered, he said. The winners will be unveiled Thursday night.
Deborah Linz of ABC 22 in Dayton will serve as the master of ceremonies. Several of the finalists will also provide food stations during the ceremony. Outside the Hollenbeck Bayley Center, Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. will provide a beer garden for guests.
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“We’re trying to create more of a social component,” Schutte said. “This is unlike a lot of other events you attend. We want people to get up, socialize and network with other people.”
A Best of Springfield magazine will also be available the night of the event.
If you go
What: Best of Springfield 2017
Where: Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, 275 S. Limestone St., Springfield
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19
For tickets: greaterspringfield.chambermaster.com
Cost: Tickets are $35 each