Readers’ Choice: The Best of Our State 2014

The results are in! See the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
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Western Carolina University’s Marching Band to Perform in the Big Apple

Start spreading the news — Western Carolina University’s marching band is heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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100 Years of Hugging: Winey Bears Country Store

Whether torn to shreds by a jealous pet, or simply loved to pieces after years of cuddling, stuffed animals find intensive care in an Oak Island toy surgeon’s hands.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Story of the Year

With every issue of Our State, our mission is to tell good stories that capture the true essence of the people and places that make North Carolina unique. Read some of the most popular stories from the year and see the results below.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Cover of the Year

Each Our State cover is meticulously selected for its ability to capture the essence of the issue and to tell a story all its own. Click on the images below to view the covers and see the results at the bottom of the page.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Recipe of the Year

In 2014, our food bloggers and recipe testers were busy in the kitchen creating dishes that celebrated classic Southern recipes and locally-inspired flavors. Which of these recipes was your favorite? Click on the images to learn more and find the recipe links then see the results.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Photo Essay of the Year

From the peaks of Grandfather Mountain to the farms of Iredell County, Our State‘s 2014 photo essays tell a story all their own. Look below to review excerpted pages from this year’s photo essays. Scroll through each slideshow and then see the results.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Video of the Year

Watch stories found in the magazine come to life in exclusive videos produced by Our State, and see the results below.
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Joyride: A Sled Ride with Grandpa

A coastal snowfall, an iconic sled, and a gruff grandpa conspire for a final adventure down the dunes.
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Coming Home with Leah Shaw: Performance and Q&A

Leah Shaw, winner of Our State’s 2014 Singer-Songwriter competition, performs her song “Carolina I’m Home” and talks about pining for the land of the longleaf pine.
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Grits & Soul: Live at Our State

Asheville’s Grits & Soul sings about love, heartbreak, and North Carolina in the Our State library.
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