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What is Finger Lakes Favorites?

The Finger Lakes Favorites, invites, engages, and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations, and people in our area. Our focus is on businesses and professionals that support, serve, and do business in the Finger Lakes area.

Do I Have to Register?

Nomination surveys require registration of basic information from the submitter on the occasion we need to clarify an entry. However, we do offer you the opportunity to share your name and email with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program. You may submit your nominees in any given topic area and return to complete the survey any time before the deadline.


Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address.

Can I Vote by Paper or in Person?

No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and link to our voting platform.

How Does Nominating Work?

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses, and establishments in over 220 categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate without limits, and during voting, vote once every 24 hours.


Our audience and business owners nominate their favorites by selecting one of 9 topic areas (Eat & Drink, Education, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Marine, Motors, Services, Shopping, Things to Do.) Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve the Finger Lakes area

Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (Phone number, address, URL). You may return any time before 5:00pm, Friday, April 28th, 2023 to add nominations.


Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase unless otherwise specified by the business.


Business associates and advertisers of Cayuga Radio Group and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment including but not limited to the presenting sponsor.

Users are not required to nominate in all categories but must submit the nomination form by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one relevant category.

The nomination period begins 12:00 PM, Monday, April 17th, 2023, and ends at 5:00 PM, Friday, April 28th, 2023.

Will Everyone that is Nominated be on the Ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 4 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.

I’ve Been Nominated, What is Required of Me?

Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated by our audience will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top two they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire with basic business information including, Name, Location(s), Year Established, Business Hours, Phone Number, Web Address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.

How are Votes Tabulated?

Nominations and votes are tabulated by a third party. Cayuga Radio Group and its affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals, and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, and campaigns are permitted; however, Cayuga Radio Group at it’s sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engage in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. Votes that are suspect may be disqualified from the count.

Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts, or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition.

Business associates and advertisers of Cayuga Radio Group and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment including but not limited to the presenting sponsor.

The regular voting period begins at 12:00 PM, Monday, May 15th, 2023 and ends at 5:00 PM, Friday, June 2nd, 2023.

Can I “Write-In” a Business During Voting?

All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions.

Our ballot is a closed ballot, however; we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by Friday, May 26th. All late entries must be emailed to or using our Contact Form for consideration. 

When will the Winners be Announced?

The names of the winners will be posted and announced on Thursday, August 17th, 2023 on and published in our Finger Lakes Favorites special winners magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.

Finger Lakes Favorites and the unique logos are the property of Cayuga Radio Group and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $1,495 or moreFinger Lakes Favorites merchandise does not count toward the logo license spend.

Questions about Finger Lakes Favorites can be directed to our support desk These are the complete Official Rules. Finger Lakes Favorites is produced by the Cayuga Radio Group. Digital experience is powered by Content ©2023 Cayuga Radio Group. Technology ©2023, part of NERUS Strategies LLC.

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