The community voted and the Empire-Tribune’s Best of Erath County Person of the Year is Julie Crouch-Smith.

“This is such an exciting and wonderful honor,” Crouch-Smith said. “I appreciate the support from this wonderful community and it’s such a blessing to receive an amazing recognition. It was a beautiful evening and special for all the top three winners in each category.”

Winners and finalists were announced in many categories Saturday night at Twisted J. 

This year’s best non-profit is Backpack Buddies of Erath County and the organization was awarded a $1,000 check from the E-T.

Live music was performed by Courtney Patton and Cottonwood Crows, and Greer's Ranch Cafe catered the event making for a spectacular night.

The E-T will publish a magazine featuring all the Best of Erath County winners the end of July.