Best of Red Rock 2021 Contest Winners |


MARION COUNTY – With over 1,000 votes cast, the winners of the 2021 BEST OF RED ROCK contest were announced recently by the Marion County Development Commission (MCDC).

The 2021 contest included four Top 10 lists and 60 category winners.

“Small businesses play a vital role in providing a distinctive experience for our travelers and also providing the quality of life that is important to our residents,” said Carla Eysink, Director of MCDC. “This competition allows us to provide travelers with ideas for things to do during their visit and honors the hard work of our organizations and businesses to provide quality experiences.”

The big winners are listed below.

20 best restaurants

1) Georges Pizza & Steakhouse

2) Checkerboard Restaurant

3) Liberty Street Kitchen

4) Cantaritos Grill & Cantina

5) Yamato Steak House from Japan

6) Deng’s Garden

7) The big house

8) Butcher’s Brewery

9) The Italian restaurant in Baggio

10) DutchFix

10 best buys

1) Flowers and gifts from Candi

2) Trendy clothes

3) The Sanctuary

4) Simple Treasures

5) Mauritius

6) Funky Zebras

7) Thistle flower market

8) Live by the lake

9) Bruxvoort Visitor Center

10) Elite Shop

Top 10 after 5 p.m.

1) Knoxville Racecourse

2) The Cellar Peanut Pub

3) The Grand Theater

4) Slides

5) Peace Tree Brewery

6) A&P Advertising

7) Wijn House

8) Frosty’s Pub ‘N Grub

9) Dutch Tap & Golf

10) Liberty Street Kitchen

Top Events

1) Pella Tulip Time Festival

2) Knoxville National Race Car Championships

3) Thursday evenings at Pella

4) The Pierce Pumpkin Festival

5) Red Rock Lake Hot Air Balloon Festival

6) Knoxville Living Windows

7) Melcher-Dallas Coal Miners Day

8) Visit the Christmas houses of Pella

9) Pleasantville Pork

10) Marion County Fair

Category Winners

Salad: Local meats and charcuterie; Aperitif: Restaurant Damier; Pizza: George’s Pizza & Steakhouse; Coffee Mug: Scooter’s Coffee-Knoxville; Ethnic cuisine: Cantaritos Grill & Cantina; Steak: Liberty Street Kitchen; Burger: Culver’s; Breakfast: Windmill Café; Dessert: Jaarsma Bakery; Tenderloin: Hometown meats and charcuterie; Family restaurant: checkerboard restaurant; Pork or Ham: Butcher’s Brewhuis; Seafood: Yamato Steak House from Japan; Food Service: Liberty Street Kitchen; Happy Hour: The Cellar Peanut Pub; Sport’s Bar & Grill: Nederlanders Tap & Golf; Wine bar and mixed drinks: A & P Pub; Beer bar: The Cellar Peanut Pub; Caterer: Central College; Evening restaurant: Liberty Street Kitchen; Date night activity: Grand Theatre; Wedding Reception Venue: Sun Valley Barn; Family meeting place: Cordova Park pavilion; Meeting room: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites; Outdoor dining venue: Kone Korner; Campground: Howell Station Recreation Area; Hotel: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites; B&B, Guest House or Cabin: Cordova Park Cabins; Hobby or Special Interest Store: The Sanctuary; Shopping for women: fashion clothes; Consignment Shop: The Well Thrift Store-Knoxville; Gift shop: flowers and gifts from Candi; Fresh meats: In’t Veld Meat Market; Locally made/souvenir Jaarsma bakery; Shopping for men: Theisen’s; Children or baby: Silver Lining; Garden Centre, Nursery: Nick’s Greenhouse; Healthy and fresh food: large acai bowl; Retail service: Jaarsma Bakery; Live Entertainment: Knoxville Racecourse; Historic Experience: Historic Pella Village and Vermeer Mill; Indoor Recreation: Knoxville Recreation Center; Outdoor leisure: Toboggans; Hidden Treasure: Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch; Place to entertain children: Pella Aquatics Center; Teen activity: Slideways; Community photo, video, graphic design:; digital gallery designs; Real estate: Home Realty Agency; Homebuilder: Cushman Construction; Banking or financial services: Marion County Bank; Automotive or car repair: Raceway tire and exhaust; Spa, Salon or Barber: Expressions by Design; Local news: KNIA/KRLS; Child care centre: Stepping Stones Early Learning Centre; Place of work, less than 50 employees: Kone Korner; Location, 51-250 employees: Fareway-Knoxville; Workplace, more than 250 employees: Weiler Corporation; Business Supporter Less than 50 employees: Peace Tree Brewing Company; Business Supporter 51-250 employees: Marion County Bank; and Business Supporter More than 250 employees: Vermeer Corporation.

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