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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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 Family Restaurant
12. Best Outdoor Eating Location
13. Best Happy Hour
14. Best Bar, Pub or Tasting Room
15. Best Caterer
16. Best Date Night Restaurant or Pub
17. Best Soup
18. Best Gluten Free Menu
19. Best Kid's Menu


1. Best Antique or Vintage Shop
2. Best Women's Shop
3. Best Consignment or Thrift Store
4. Best Gift Shop
5. Best Shop for Fresh Meats
6. Best Retail Curb Appeal
7. Best Place to Purchase Locally Made Items
8. Best Shopping After 5 p.m.
9. Best Retail Social Media Marketing
10. Best Men's Shop
11. Best Spa Services for Massage, Pedicure or Manicure

Entertainment & Recreation

1. Best Live Entertainment
2. Best Local Performing Group
3. Best Fun for History Buffs
4. Best Golf Course
5. Best Workout or Run
6. Best Date Night Entertainment
7. Best Campground
8. Best Wedding Reception Venue
9. Best Business Meeting Location
10. Best Place to Entertain Kids
11. Best Family Reunion Spot
12. Best Hidden Treasure


1. Best Local Source for News
2. Best Service Business
3. Best Hospitality
4. Best Place to Work with less than 50 employees
5. Best Place to Work with 50 to 250 employees
6. Best Place to Work with more than 250 employees
7. Best Business Supporter of Community Projects with less than 50 employees
8. Best Business Supporter of Community Projects with 50 to 250 employees
9. Best Business Supporter of Community Projects with more than 250 employees
10. Best Hotel
11. Best B & B, Guest House or Cabin
12. Best Nonprofit Organization

Best Events

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

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.

Best Shops

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

Best Evening Entertainment or Hangout

Where are the top unique places to go at night for entertainment or to hang out with friends such as bars, theaters, movies, tasting rooms, recreation activities, etc. These are not restaurants or events (vote for them in the categories above.)

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Enter your suggestion: (Please identify which question you are suggesting an additional option for. Places must be located within Marion County.)