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Best of 2003 

Welcome to our 10th annual Best Of edition -- the original and peerless annual publication that honors the best of what life has to offer here in the Pikes Peak region. This year, nearly 1,000 of you responded to our survey, and to this year's winners, we offer our sincere congratulations.

Alongside features on dozens of the Readers' Poll winners, you'll also find more than 50 Editor's Choice features, highlighting some of the quirkier favorites of our staff.

The talents of 11 writers contributed to this year's Best Of. In alphabetical order, they are: Noel Black, Cara DeGette, John Dicker, Kathryn Eastburn, Nancy Harley, John Hazlehurst, Grayson Mendenhall, MB Partlow, Gina Schaarschmidt, Carrie Simison-Bitz and Bettina Swigger.

The skills of six photographers have brought these pages to life. They are: Sean Cayton, Bruce Elliott, Sunnie Sacks, Matt Stevens, Kenneth Wajda and Drew Wyeth.

Profound thanks go to Independent assistant editor Gina Schaarschmidt, who forewent sleep to coordinate tallies to determine the winners.

Finally, a standing ovation goes to this year's Best Of coordinator-extraordinaire MB Partlow, who worked tirelessly and with her usual panache to pull this project together.

Read on for the Best of the Springs.

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