Nominations for Best Place for Kids ranged from the terse response "Home" to the more embracing Cincinnati Zoo and Blue Manatee Bookstore. Hamilton County Sheriff Si Leis gave the winner of "Best Elected Official" a run for his money and, Cincinnati being Cincinnati, Jerry Springer is still getting local votes.



 
 
 CHAD OCHOCINCO
Favorite Bengals Player
Whether he's diving for Palmer's passes, shimmying on national television, or flashing his golder "grill," this wide receiver scores high points with Cincinnatians.


 
 KINGS ISLAND
Best Place for Kids
Planet Snoopy is a fun-filled retreat for the little ones, while older kids (and adventurous adults) can take on thrillers such as Diamondback, the park's tallest and fastest coaster.

 
WAGS DOG PARK
Best Dog Park
Tail chasing? Mailman barking? They're puppy play next to WagsPark, the private Newtown dog park that has a lake, playhouse, fountain and speed/agility courses.
 
 
 
JOHN RUTHVEN
Best Local Artist
Winning this category was only natural for Ruthven. The wildlife painter of Walnut Hills origin makes the Tristate proud, even being called the "20th Century Audubon."
 
JOEY VOTTO
Favorite Reds Player
The first baseman won over our readers with a high batting average, RBIs, myriad homeruns and a stand-up personality. No question "” this guy is serious fuel in the team's Red-hot season.
 
 

 
 
SHEILA GRAY
Favorite News Anchor
Gray wakes our readers up on Fox 19's morning newscast with her accurate reports and energetic smile.
 
 
 MAYOR MARK MALLORY
 Elected Official You Love to Hate (Or Hate to Love)
Cincinnati's mayor stays in the spotlight, confronting hot-button issues such as the proposed streetcar and an uncertain budget. Love him or hate him, Mallory is one character our readers won't stop discussing.
 
 
 
 MOUNT ADAMS
Best View of the City
Say a prayer at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church. Stroll though Eden Park. Sip a cold one at City View Tavern. You'd have to close your eyes not to find a breathtaking skyline vista in Mount Adams.
 
THE RUSTY GRISWOLDS
Best Local Band
Remember the songs you shouted along to while you danced in bars during the "¢80s? The Rusty Griswolds resurrect them with unparalleled energy. No wonder they are festival favorites, packing Fountain Square at Taste of Cincinnati.
 
 
 
JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS
Best Bookstore
The Rookwood book haven has been vending books and music to Cincinnatians since 1993. Selection is great, customer service is better. Even cooler? Both founders are former Bearcats.
 
 
 
CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
Best Museum
Spanning continents, cultures and tastes, the Art Museum has something for people of every age and background. The café is wonderful. Free admission makes for an affordable excursion (but there is a $4 fee for parking).
 
 
 
FINDLAY MARKET
Best Farmers Market
Step into a spice shop that makes you feel you are in a Middle-Eastern bazaar, or try waffles that evoke the streets of Belgium. Ohio's oldest public market tempts the taste buds, moving above and beyond the standard produce offerings with speciality shops of every kind
 
 
THE WINE MERCHANT
Best Wine Shop
Ever open a less than palatable pinot? The Wine Merchant takes the guesswork out of wine drinking by offering samples at its wine bar. This service, the Wine of the Month Club, frequent events and a great selection make this one stellar cellar.
 
 
 
UC BEARCAT
Best Mascot
The beloved Bearcat mascot has been exhorting UC fans since 1914. This season, the Bearcat will root on its two-time defending BIG EAST Conference football champions to another bid for the BCS.
 
 
MICHAEL FLANNERY
Best Local Comedian
Michael Flannery has worn many hats: newspaper columnist, TV anchor, philanthropist, school board member "” but no matter where he goes, he seems to find a captive audience. Flannery has even performed stand-up alongside bigwigs such as Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno.
 
 
 
AULT PARK
Best Park
Hosting summer dances, a car show, concerts and wine tastings, Ault is more than just a park "” it's a destination.
 
 
TIM HENDRICK
Favorite Weather Person
When heat waves blister the region or the White Death dusts the radar, our readers trust Tim Hedrick, chief meteorologist at Channel 12.
 
 
 
OKTOBERFEST
Best City Festival
Beer, sausages, dachshunds. Oktoberfest screams all that is German "” ahem "” Cincinnatian. The fun fest mixes the city's Germanic roots with close-to-home traditions (Chicken Dance, anyone?).
 
 
BLUE ASH GOLD COURSE
Best Golf Course
The 18-hole, championship layout Blue Ash Golf Course is on par with our readers for its affordability, challenging layout and attractive scenery. Golf Digest magazine agrees, calling it one of the top 25 municipal courses in the country.