Five finalists across 14 categories have been announced in the 2020 Best of Chickasaw Country awards. Now, patrons can vote for their favorite finalists before the February 25 deadline.

Nominations were counted throughout January, as hundreds nominated their preferred business or attraction in south-central Oklahoma. Voters can then cast their ballots through an interactive poll for the winning destinations.

“The Best of Chickasaw Country encourages our fans and supporters to show their spirit by participating in this friendly competition,” said Paige Williams Shepherd, Chickasaw Nation director of corporate development and tourism. “This poll is one of the ways we celebrate excellence in Chickasaw Country.”

Fans can vote for their favorite local business across 14 categories online at Voting is limited to once per day, per participant, for each category.

2020 categories and top five finalists from Stephens County and the immediate surrounding area include:


Best Barbecue Restaurant

•Smokin Joes BBQ


Best Lake

•Waurika Lake

Best Boutique

•The Mix Mercantile


Best Casino

•Chisholm Trail Casino


Best Museum

•Chisholm Trail Heritage Center


Best Overall Dining

•Aces Sports Grill


The voting period takes place now through Feb. 25, with winners of each category to be announced March 3. A list of 2019 winners and finalists can be found on Chickasaw Country’s website.

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