Every year the Empire-Tribune lets the community choose their favorite businesses, organizations and people throughout the county and this year the E-T is presenting a fun event to announce the winners during the Best of Erath’s “Where Red Carpet Meets Redneck” at 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Hambone’s Redneck Paradise.

“In the past the E-T has had the Reader’s Choice awards, which included reader votes for their choices of various categories. This year, we took it one step further. We asked readers to first nominate their choice of business in different categories and once nominations were over, we worked with Second Street Promotions to tally the nominations,” said E-T Ad Director and event coordinator Shannon Simmons. “We took the nominations in each category and built the voting ballot. The ballot was launched online and in the newspaper. After two weeks of voting, Second Street tallied more than 100,000 votes in 124 categories!”

The event will feature a red carpet entry complete with “paparazzi,” live entertainment, food, an awards ceremony and complimentary beer, wine and a signature drink, “redneck margarita.”

Live music will be provided by Tommy Alverson and friends and the event will be emceed by Texas Home Grown Radio’s Jody Lee Caudle.

Tickets are on sale now for $50 — or a table of 10 for $400 — and a portion of all tickets sales will go to the winner of the non-profit organization category.

Award categories include vehicle dealers and services, beauty and health, people and places, dining, entertainment and leisure, shopping, sports and spirits with several sub-categories for each.

“The winners from the voting round will be announced on June 16 at the inaugural Best of Erath County Awards,” Simmons said. “This event is the first of its kind for the E-T. ‘Where Red Carpet Meets Redneck’ promises to be one-of-a-kind. With this theme, we welcome casual to dressy and everything in between!”

Tickets are limited so purchase yours now by visiting www.yourstephenvilletx.com/redcarpetmeetsredneck.