Nomination Period: Vote Period:
Monday, Feb 29, 12:00 AM - Saturday, Mar 5, 11:59 PM Monday, Mar 7, 12:00 AM - Friday, Mar 18, 12:00 PM

The Best of Gaston 2016 Official Rules


Each ballot must have a valid name, address and telephone number.

All nominees must be from Gaston County, Kings Mountain, Lake Wylie or Clover.

All categories that a business is nominated for must be relevant to the primary business. The Gaston Gazette reserves the right to determine eligibility of all nominees and winners.

If the category asks for a person, also note where that person works (and list first & last name).

Those businesses and people selected as the top winner in each category will receive a “Best of Gaston” certificate.

No purchase required to enter. Ballot may also be found in The Gaston Gazette lobby at:
1893 Remount Rd. Gastonia, NC and online at Only official Gaston Gazette ballots will be counted. No facsimile copies will be accepted.

Entries should be mailed to The Gaston Gazette, attn: Best of Gaston, P.O. Box 1538, Gastonia, NC 28053 and must be received no later than March 13, 2016

The deadline for online nominations is March 5, 2016 at midnight.

The deadline for online voting is March 18, 2016 at noon.

Entrants must be 18 years or older. Employees and Independent Contractors of The Gaston Gazette & Gatehouse Media and their immediate families are not eligible.

The Gaston Gazette reserves the right to amend these rules at any time during the contest.

This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Automated voting of any kind is not allowed. Detection of said automated voting will lead to votes being voided.

Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.

Entrants further grant to Gatehouse Media the right to use and publish their proper name, business name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest.

Gatehouse Media reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

The Contest and all of the related pages, contents and code are copyright, The Gaston Gazette and/or Gatehouse Media. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

Use of the Best of Gaston Logo in any advertising or marketing material is strictly prohibited without written consent from The Gaston Gazette or Gatehouse Media and is subject to terms set forth in the logo use agreement.

Each winner, by acceptance of the award, agrees to release all Sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the award.

The Gaston Gazette and Gatehouse Media are not responsible for Internet crashes or slowdowns caused by network congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, phone line failures, electrical outages, natural disasters or acts of man or God.

All results posted are unofficial.  Winners are determined by number of votes online and via write-in paper ballot.
This contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.

The Gaston Gazette / Gatehouse Media reserves the right to change the rules at any time.

This contest is officially sponsored by The Gaston Gazette / Gatehouse Media Group