Oh, you’ve really done it this time, Missoula.
You think you’re all cool in your Chacos and your sundresses and your muscle shirts, carrying your tubes and hauling along your Crowlers while riding your longboards to the river, all carefree and laid-back during these sunny summer days. Have you no sense of your actions? No inkling as to how much you’ve impacted?
Just look at this. Yes, this right here. It’s our annual Best of Missoula readers’ poll and it is entirely your doing. You researched every category (you know, if research involves things like “ate ice cream” and “got a haircut”). You weighed all your available options (such as testing more than a few different local brews). You voted by the thousands (even during an election year with Donald Trump a different ballot!) and you chose each and every winner in more than 180 categories.
We hope you’re proud of yourselves. Like, actually proud. Because this is no small accomplishment. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce Best of Missoula and, while we certainly played a part in tallying the votes, organizing the ads, writing about the victors and designing the pages, this is all really thanks to you.
As a token of our appreciation and an opportunity to mark this community-wide celebration, we’re throwing a party. On Thursday, July 7, there will be live music from Tom Catmull and Reverend Slanky, family-friendly activities and food and drink vendors. It’s completely free to attend, and runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Caras Park. Of course, you’re invited. You deserve it after all of your hard work.