WAGGA'S annual celebration of local businesses has been switched up this year with a new focus on people's choice.
The Golden Crow Awards typically has 16 categories ranging from best customer service to outstanding tradie, as well as a lengthy nomination process.
This year, according to organiser Casey Wilson, COVID-19 has seen a switch to online processing and fewer categories.
"We only have six categories this year, and it's up to the public to nominate the businesses they think are deserving," she said.
Nominations closed on Monday, and the voting has begun.
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"We've had far more nominations this year considering there's less categories, and we've already had more than 6000 votes come through so for me, as someone involved in this for five or six years now, it's absolutely mind blowing," Ms Wilson said.
"I think the public voting system really provides the opportunity to give our Wagga businesses a pat on the back after a really awful period."
Voting closes on August 16 at 11.30pm.
"We'll announce the winners one day at a time starting on September 14, and hope to rock up at the winning business with a camera crew to surprise them and make the announcement," Ms Wilson said.