The race to the checkered flag for Flagpole’s reader favorites is not a sprint that can be won with a burst of speed. The winners chosen here are at it all year, as are the runners-up, the also-rans and the up-and-coming places that didn’t make the winner’s circle but are making a name for themselves. Flagpole thanks our readers for sharing your favorites, and we congratulate those you have chosen and also those who have tried all year long to be favorites. Next year may well see them finishing first. Thanks also to Alicia Nickles, who organized our favorites issue and its activities; to Kelly Hart, who provided the art direction and cover; to Larry Tenner, who crafted the design and layout; to Zoomworks and Porter McLeod for photography; and to Dede Giddens for piloting the pace car. Special thanks to Niko Cope for the use of his race car.
And here’s some photos from our Athens Favorites Party at Aromas on February 25, 2014:
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