Announcing the 2018 Best of Southern Minn Scene contest

June 18, 2018

Yeah, it’s back.

It’s time to start determining the best arts and entertainment, the best businesses and the best everything else Southern Minnesota has to offer. Through the end of July, we’re taking nominations in the 2018 Best of Southern Minnesota Scene contest.

This year, the competition’s sixth edition, we’re looking for 101 of SoMinn’s best.

We’re talking about the best theater troupe, the best local band, the best art center, the best florist, the best music store, the best BBQ, the best food truck, the best brewery, the best campground, the best golf course and so much more.

And we’re talking from Rochester, Red Wing and Winona to Mankato, Waseca and New Ulm. We’re talking Albert Lea and Austin to Owatonna, Faribault and Northfield. We’re talking the cities over 40,000 and the cities less than 5,000. Anyone, any place, anywhere in SoMinn could prove the best.


If you know a business or organization in Southern Minnesota, there’s a good chance it will fit in one of our categories. We receive thousands of nominations every year, and in recent years, over 100,000 votes.

So nominate NOW. Because your favorite business or person can’t be on the final ballot come August, unless they receive enough nominations this June and July.

All of the winners will be featured with blurbs and photos in our November Best of Southern Minnesota edition of Scene. Come voting time (July 31 to Sept. 3 Labor Day), everyone will have the opportunity to vote on each of the categories once per day per email address.

So go to and get to nominating. Then head to our Facebook page – SouthernMinn Scene – and share with your friends, ask them to participate and spread the love!

We love offering this competition every year, because we love recognizing some of the wonderful people, businesses and places of Southern Minnesota. And this contest is truly decided by you, the residents of Southern Minnesota.

So happy nominating!

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