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Who's the best in the Lakes Area? It's time to cast your vote!

Cast your vote for the Best of the Lakes Area:

Douglas County residents: the Echo Press needs your vote.

Do you have a favorite place to get a hamburger? How about the best place to enjoy an ice cream cone? Where do you get your car washed? Or where is the best place to get a haircut?

We want to know where all your favorites are as part of our Readers' Choice "Best of the Lakes Area" contest.

The contest has been popular the last couple of years, so the newspaper is bringing it back.

Online voting began last week and will run through Aug. 31. To vote for your favorites, go to the Best of the Lakes survey.

Entry forms will be available weekly in both the Echo Press and the Lakeland Shopping Guide throughout the month of August. Contest forms and online selections must be completed by Aug. 31.

The contest contains more than 80 different choices in five main categories: favorite eats and drinks; shopping places; health and fitness; arts and entertainment; and services.

Winners will be determined by the highest number of votes and the results will be published in a magazine that will be inserted into the Echo Press on Oct. 19. (Remember, results reflect the views of our readers — not the newspaper.)

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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