Best of the Pinebelt




Now in its 12th year, FestivalSouth’s Best of the Pine Belt competition, sponsored by Signature Magazine, is back with several noteworthy improvements to the wildly popular contest. This year, nominations in all categories will be accepted beginning Monday, May 3, and will remain until the evening of Friday, May 21st.

To nominate your favorites, visit, click on the best of link, and choose a category and enter your choices. You may nominate once per category per day.

This year’s individual categories will be in seven groups: Beauty, Lifestyle, Retail, Food & Drink, Home, Professional Services, and Special Overall Awards. Several new categories have been added this year in the “Special Overall Awards” segment, including “Most Unique Business,” “Best Place to Work,” and “Best Local Business.”

“The nomination process is crucial to the overall success of the competition,” said Christina Pierce, publisher of Signature Magazine and The Pine Belt NEWS. “This year, the five individuals and businesses who receive the most nominations in each category will advance as finalists.”

Last year, more than 400,000 votes were cast to create the annual guide to the Pine Belt’s favorite people, places and things that make this area so great. The complete list of winners will be featured in the August edition of Signature Magazine.

This year, finalist voting begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 2nd and concludes on Tuesday, July 20th.

Eleven days later Saturday, July 31, the Lake Terrace Convention Center will buzz with activity as Signature Magazine plays host to the 1st Annual Best of the Pine Belt Awards gala. This year’s award show is an evening of dancing and dining while celebrating the best of the Pine Belt’s business and professionals.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part,
from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.