This year, seven Mingo County businesses, municipalities and personalities have earned nominations for the Best of West Virginia contest.

According to the contest’s website, the Best of West Virginia is an annual contest sponsored by WV Living magazine which highlights the people, places and events. The nominations are those entities who have made it to the final round of competition which is a public vote. The nominees who receive the most votes will be named the Best of West Virginia and will be featured in the magazine which is used as a statewide tourism vehicle.

This year's local nominees are:

• Trail 12 BBQ, best BBQ joint;

• Mountaintop Adventures, best outfitters;

• Hatfield-McCoy Moonshine, best distillery;

• Mountaineer Hotel, best boutique hotel;

• The Town of Matewan, best adventure town and best town for history; and

• Matt Moore, best mayor.

Cameron Ellis of Trail 12 BBQ at Twin Hollows Campground in Gilbert said, “We have had many people come to the restaurant and received several catering orders because of the publicity from the Best of West Virginia awards.”

Trail 12 BBQ and Mountaintop Adventures are located at the Twin Hollows Campground in Gilbert and are owned by Ellis’ family. Their many enterprises, as well as Hatfield-McCoy Moonshine, are no strangers to the Best of West Virginia awards. Each have been received several nominations over the years and have won multiple honors from the contest.

The historic Mountaineer Hotel located in downtown Williamson is a favorite local venue for events with its large crystal chandeliers, mezzanine, ballroom and guest rooms named after famous people who have stayed in the hotel.

The town of Matewan has burst onto the Best of West Virginia awards scene with three nominations – for best adventure town, best historic town and best mayor.

“I am thrilled to see Matewan has moved to the final round in three categories in Best of West Virginia,” Moore said. “It is great for our town to be recognized statewide. I am honored that our community and citizens voted me through to this round, as well. I ask that everyone continues to move Matewan forward.”

Anyone wishing to vote for the Mingo County nominees can log onto the WV Living website. Open voting will continue through Oct. 3. Each person can cast one vote in each category division each day. Winners will be announced in the magazine’s winter edition.

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