The E-T has been working hard to gear up for its inaugural Best of Erath County awards, “Where Red Carpet Meet Redneck,” and it’s kicking off at 6 p.m. Friday at Hambone’s Redneck Paradise.

“We are really excited to bring this new event to Stephenville,” said E-T Managing Editor Sara Vanden Berge. “It’s going to be an exciting night when we announce who the community chose as their favorite businesses and people.”

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.

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.

“This event is the first of its kind for the E-T. ‘Where Red Carpet Meets Redneck’ promises to be one-of-a-kind,” Simmons said. “With this theme, we welcome casual to dressy and everything in between!”

Photos and video from the event will be posted to the E-T’s website, and on social media.

The E-T will also publish a “Best of Erath County” magazine this month, which will include a full list of winners — first place, runner up and honorable mention — along with photos from the event.