Best of Butler County 2023 winners: Around Town

We have our Best of Butler County winners for 2023.

The Journal-News this year held its first annual Best of Butler County to celebrate the longtime favorites and new selections for eating, drinking, shopping and living life in the region. This year, we had 131 contests and hundreds of thousands of votes.

Here are the winners and placers in the Around Town category:

Best AttractionJungle Jim's International Market
Best Community SupporterBrad Baker of Pinball Garage
Best LandmarkSoldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument
Best Local CelebrityKyle Schwarber
Best Place to WorkCommunity First Solutions
Best PlaygroundRentschler Forest MetroPark

Winners and placers

Best Attraction

First place: Jungle Jim’s International Market

5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield


Second place: Pinball Garage

113 N. 3rd St., Hamilton


Third place: RiversEdge at Marcum Park

116 Dayton St., Hamilton


Best Community Supporter

First place: Brad Baker of Pinball Garage

113 N. 3rd St., Hamilton


Second place: Joe Nuxhall Miracle Fields organization

4850 Groh Lane, Fairfield


Third place: Hamilton Community Foundation

319 N. Third St., Hamilton


Best Landmark

First place: Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument

1 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton


Second place: Historical Butler County Courthouse

101 High St., Hamilton


Third place: Sorg Mansion

204 S. Main St., Middletown

Best Local Celebrity

First place: Kyle Schwarber

Second place: Joe Hoelle “Hollywood,” Pohlman Lanes

Third place: DJ Christian D

Best Place to Work

First place: Community First Solutions

230 Ludlow St., Hamilton


Second place: Miami University

multiple area locations

Third place: City of Hamilton

345 High St., Hamilton


Best Playground

First place: Rentschler Forest MetroPark

5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton


Second place: Millikin Woods Park

194 N. Washington Blvd., Hamilton


Third place: Marcum Park

116 Dayton St., Hamilton