The ballots have been counted, and for the 15th consecutive year, the readers of Rural Missouri magazine have selected their statewide favorites in the publication's annual Best of Rural Missouri Readers' Choice Contest. 

During a two-month voting period, readers were asked to name their favorite eateries, destinations and activities across the Show-Me State. A winner, runner-up and editor's choice were named in each of 17 categories, including Best Restaurant, Best State Park and Most Beautiful Town.

In the Best Barbecue category, Kehde's Barbeque in Sedalia was runner-up to 1st place winner, Hick Bar-B-Q in Cuba.

Based in Jefferson City, Rural Missouri has been the voice of Missouri's electric cooperatives since 1948. It has a circulation of more than 550,000, making it the largest paid-circulation monthly publication in Missouri.

All of this year's winners are featured in the April 2016 issue of Rural Missouri, a digital edition of which can be read online at

Beau Matthews