Readers’ Choice 2022 People, Places and Entertainment winners announced

Published 4:15 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Andalusia Star-News is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.

This year’s contest began with 5,711 reader nominations and ended with 46,409 votes.

“We would like to give a special thank you to everyone who participated and made the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards a huge success. Congratulations to all of our winners,” Star-News Publisher Robert Blankenship said.

Winners in the “People, Places and Entertainment” category are listed below.

Best Annual Community Event
Winner – Christmas in Candyland
Second Place – July Jamz
Third Place – Cookies with Characters

Best Non-Profit Organization
Winner – Meredith’s Miracles
Second Place – Full Tummy Project
Third Place – Pilot Club of Andalusia

Best Park/Outdoor Recreation Area
Winner – Johnson Park Recreation Center
Second Place – Frank Jackson State Park
Third Place – Andalusia Country Club

Best Wedding & Event Venue
Winner – Five Runs Farm
Second Place – Springdale
Third Place – Andalusia Country Club

Favorite Elected Official
Winner – Earl Johnson
Second Place – Blake Turman
Third Place – Walt Merrell

Favorite First Responder
Winner – Kyle Bird
Second Place – Michael W. Smith
Third Place – Nick Cooper

Favorite Local Artist
Winner – Cathy Powell
Second Place – Margo Russell
Third Place – Rik Long

Favorite Local Musician/Group
Winner – 55 South
Second Place – Todays Yesterday Band
Third Place – Troubled Waters

Golf Course
Winner – Andalusia Country Club
Second Place – Evans Barnes Golf Course
Third Place – Opp Country Club

Place to Work (large over 200 employees)
Winner – PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
Second Place – Shaw Industries Inc. Plant #65
Third Place – Andalusia Health

Place to Work (medium 51-200 employees)
Winner – CCB Community Bank
Second Place – Piggly Wiggly
Third Place – J M Jackson Chevrolet Buick

Place to Work (small 2-50 employees)
Winner – Magnolia Jane Nails
Second Place – J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop
Third Place – Outlaw Realty