The chance to vote for favorite businesses during Waldo County's Best of the Best will open online June 1, with print ballots available in The Republican Journal beginning June 11.

Through Friday, May 29, advertisers are encouraged to reserve space in the print supplement containing the first printed ballot. Space in the supplement can be reserved by contacting Advertising Representatives Karen Mehorter or Pam Schultz at 338-3333, kmehorter@villagesoup.com or pschultz@villagesoup.com.

Ballots will in included in the newspaper June 18 and 25 as well. Voting closes at midnight June 30 for both print and online.

Once voting is complete, ballots will be tallied and winners announced. On Aug. 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the winners will be celebrated at the Best of the Best Showcase and Gala at University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The gala is free to the public and offers businesses the opportunity to network with other businesses as well as market to attendees with booth displays. The gala also features a silent auction. Money raised from the Best of the Best Showcase and Gala benefits the Hutchinson Center Scholarship Fund. Last year, more than $8,000 was raised for the scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded to area students to be used toward college classes.

Tables for the gala may be reserved in advance. To reserve a table or donate an item to the silent auction, contact Vickie Talbot at 338-3333 or vtalbot@villagesoup.com.