I hope you are enjoying this issue of Signature Magazine. There is something very special about the way a community comes together to lift each other up in the wake of difficulty. It is our hope that, by highlighting the unique actions of some of our neighbors, we can find silver linings in the dark cloud that is COVID-19.
Speaking of special, there is also something that happens when we take time to come together to celebrate what makes us unique. Best of the Pine Belt is a great example of our community celebrating itself. When we take time to notice all of the positive things we are exposed to as we live and work in the Pine Belt, we lift ourselves and our neighbors up.
I know that we are long overdue to announce the winners of this year’s contest. The pandemic has thrown a wrench into what has come to be a long-awaited event. We are hard at work trying to make this year’s announcements as special as possible given the circumstances.
We are planning a FestivalSouth Best of the Pine Belt virtual event for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. You’ll be able to tune in on Facebook through the Signature Magazine or FestivalSouth pages. The next day, Aug. 28, the September issue of Signature Magazine will hit the streets and will contain the entire list of winners.
The virtual event will announce the winners in all 155 categories, featuring special guest announcers and interspersed with musical and comedic entertainment. It is our hope that you will gather together with friends and co-workers (maybe by then we can meet in groups of more than 10!) to celebrate together.
We want to thank you so much for your patience with us as we put this together. You’ve waited a long time, and we know how important these awards are to you. If we had any doubts, counting the votes put them to rest. You voted 370,966 times! That is phenomenal for a community of this size. Congratulations are in order for not just the winners, but all the personalities and businesses who made the finals.
We are already planning an event for next year that will be different than anything else you’ve seen. But for this year, just a few more weeks ... and you won’t have to be patient any longer!