Vot­ers pick tourism fa­vorites in in­au­gu­ral poll

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— More than 700 peo­ple voted in Ce­cil County Tourism’s first an­nual “Ce­cil Choice” awards re­sult­ing in four win­ners that were an­nounced last week by mem­bers of the Ce­cil County Tourism staff and com­mit­tee dur­ing vis­its to each venue.

“We were thrilled at the re­sponse in our first year with this pro­mo­tion,” Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor Sandy MaruchiTurner said. “The most pop­u­lar method of vot­ing was done on a web­site sur­vey, but some peo­ple also voted on so­cial me­dia.”

Orig­i­nally, the pro­mo­tion was de­signed to select three win­ners, but a fourth win­ner was added be­cause many vot­ers chose com­pa­nies that didn’t fit into one of the three pre-se­lected cat­e­gories, which in­cluded restau­rant, at­trac­tion and spe­cialty shop.

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“We de­cided to add ‘Fan Fa­vorite’ as a fourth cat­e­gory,” Turner said.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Inn re­ceived the Ce­cil’s Choice award for best restau­rant, Galvinell Meat Co. was named best spe­cial­ity shop and Mil­burn Or­chards was se­lected as best at­trac­tion by vot­ers. How­ever, Inka­holics re­ceived recog­ni­tion this year as a fan fa­vorite be­cause it re­ceived many votes and is con­sid­ered a ser­vice com­pany — not an at­trac­tion, restau­rant or spe­cialty shop.

Mem­bers of the tourism staff joined some com­mit­tee mem­bers on per­sonal vis­its over two days last week to present each win­ner with a crab-shaped, en­graved plaque to hang in their busi­ness.

“We are thrilled to con­grat­u­late and thank all the win­ners for awards well de­served,” Turner said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL TOURISM

Der­rick Hib­berd, owner of Inka­holics in North East, re­ceives “Fan Fa­vorite” award last week from Ce­cil County Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor Sandy Turner.

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