Best of Dayton: Here’s how to get the winners

It’s time again to pick the Best of Dayton, and you’ve given us your votes. Next up, we’ll announce the winners in October.

The Best of Dayton contest presented by and the Dayton Daily News is back for the seventh year of celebrating the best, brightest and most important things in the area.

Here’s what you should know:


We started with a nomination period, then chose finalists based on how often those people and places were nominated for final voting.

Check out our guidelines for more information.

» Voting: Sept. 6-26

» Winners announced: Oct. 28

» Special section publishes in the Dayton Daily News: Oct. 30


We have 179 contests this year in nine categories: Around Town, Auto, Beauty & Wellness, Food, Dining & Drinking, Health & Medical, Home Improvement, Professional Services, Recreation and Retail.

There are dozens of new categories this year, so be sure to explore all of your options on the ballot.

How to get winners first

We’ll be releasing some information exclusively first throughout the contest in two of our newsletters. Sign up on our newsletters page.

» Dayton Daily News Midday Break

» First to Know

Where to get more information

All things about Best of Dayton are at and

We’ll also be releasing information daily on our social media channels.

» Dayton Daily News: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

» Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

How to promote yourself or your business

We’ve put together a website that people and businesses can use for information and tips about how to promote themselves in the contest.

Click here to visit that website, which includes:

» Downloadable logos and graphics

» Suggested language for social media posts

» A form to contact us for more information

How to advertise

Do you want to advertise to promote yourself or your business in Best of Dayton?

Click here to submit your information to us and get started in connecting your logo to our nomination and voting tool.

How to get the winners

Our winners will be published on Friday, Oct. 28.

To get the winners first, sign up for two of our email newsletters.

» Dayton Daily News Midday Break

» First to Know

We’ll then put together a special section celebrating the winners that will be distributed in the Dayton Daily News on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Last year’s winners

Looking back at 2021, here’s a look at last year’s winners (we also produced a complete special section celebrating the winners):

All-time winners

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