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The Best of the Red Rock Area contest is back!

Did you recently visit Lake Red Rock, Knoxville, Pella, Pleasantville, Melcher-Dallas or rural Marion County? If so, please provide your insights on the highlights of your visit by voting. If you are a resident, please help newcomers find those great gems within the area. If you have suggestions not listed under a category, please submit them for consideration.

The contest will run until November 1 and only entities within Marion County, Iowa are eligible. Top vote recipients in each category will be announced in January. We ask that each person vote only once per year and ballots must have answers in at least 75% of the questions to be counted. Happy voting!

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Food

1. Best Salad
2. Best Appetizer
3. Best Pizza
4. Best Cup of Coffee
5. Best Ethnic Food
6. Best Steak
7. Best Burger
8. Best Breakfast
9. Best Sweet Treat
10. Best Tenderloin
11. Best Buffet
12. Best Family Restaurant
13. Best Outdoor Eating Location
14. Best Happy Hour
15. Best Bar or Pub
16. Best Caterer

Places

1. Best Place to Hold a Wedding Reception
2. Best Place to Hold a Business Conference
3. Best Hotel
4. Best B & B, Guest House or Cabin
5. Best Place to Entertain Kids
6. Best Place to go on a Date
7. Best Campground
8. Best Photo Opportunity Location

Shopping

1. Best Antique Shop
2. Best Shop for Clothing, Jewelry &/or Personal Accessories
3. Best Consignment or Thrift Store
4. Best Gift Shop
5. Best Spa Services for Massage, Pedicure or Manicure
6. Best Shop for Fresh Meats
7. Best Retail Curb Appeal
8. Best Place to Purchase Locally Made Items
9. Best Place to Shop After 5 p.m.

Entertainment & Recreation

1. Best Live Entertainment
2. Best Local Performing Group
3. Best Historical or Cultural Experience
4. Best Historic or Rural Road for an Auto or Bike Ride
5. Best Golf Course
6. Best Place to Workout
7. Best Place for a Run
8. Best Park or Gathering Place

Community

1. Best Local Source for News
2. Best Bank
3. Best Real Estate Agency
4. Best Service Business
5. Best New Community Project (Within the last 2 years)
6. Best Hospitality
7. Best Place to Work with less than 50 employees
8. Best Place to Work with 50 to 250 employees
9. Best Place to Work with more than 250 employees
10. Best Business Supporter of Community Projects with less than 50 employees
11. Best Business Supporter of Community Projects with 50 to 250 employees
12. Best Business Supporter of Community Projects with more than 250 employees

TOP Best EVENTS

What are the top events, festivals or celebrations that happen throughout the year in the Red Rock Area?

TOP Best FOOD

What are the top unique places to go for food? This could be a restaurant, bakery, meat market, winery/brewery, ice cream shop, coffee shop, etc.

TOP Best SHOPS

Where are the best unique retail shops in the Red Rock Area?

TOP Best ACTIVITIES

Where are the top unique places to go for recreation, history, entertainment, culture or fun in the Red Rock Area?

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