Here’s a brief FAQ about this year’s Happening List.  The nominating process has already begun.  Click here to visit the Nomination Page and nominate your favorite business, school, person or service in the Lehigh Valley.

How do I nominate a business for The Happening List?

Simply fill out this brief form to nominate a business for any of The Happening List categories.

Who is eligible to compete in the Happening List?
Nominees must operate within Northampton County, Pennsylvania or Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  Businesses or entities with outstanding balances to Happening Media will be disqualified from the competition.

How can I publicize my Happening List nomination?

Grab a badge for your website or a flyer for your storefront.

How does voting work?

Voting is done 100% by the public. Voters will need to provide an email address. If that email address is found to be invalid, the vote will not be counted. One vote per email address. One vote per email address.

Here is more info about our audit process:
We take our job seriously.

In order to ensure fairness and accuracy in The Happening List competition, an extensive audit process is in place while tabulating the results. Please see below for a basic overview:

  1. All voters are required to provide email addresses at the time of their vote. Ballots are programmed to count only 1 vote per email address.
  2. When the vote is cast, the system will send an email to that email address to validate the vote.  Within that email, the owner of the email will have the ability to click a link and indicate if a vote was cast without their permission.
  3. At the conclusion of the contest, Happenings Media performs an extensive check of all email addresses, which takes several weeks.  Invalid email addresses, email addresses created temporarily for the purpose of voting, disposable email addresses, role emails and Facebook email addresses are not accepted and will be removed during the audit process.
    Invalid email addresses are disqualified.   An additional IP address audit and other more advanced means are are used as well.
  4. Once accuracy of all of the voters’ email addresses has been established, Happenings Media calculates the final results.

Are Facebook email addresses valid?

Facebook’s email addresses are NOT valid and will be removed during the audit process.

What happened to the results? I can’t see them any more!

The results will “go blind” during the final week of competition as the audit process begins. All votes received during that period will still count.

When does voting end? 

Voting ends at midnight on March 3rd, 2017.  Following that, there will be a brief audit period.

When will the winners be announced?

The top winners of each category will be announced on this website in the early spring. The Happening List winners will remain listed for the entire year and be given the opportunity to add detailed information about their business to the website.  Winners & finalists will also receive an official 2017 Happening List certificate.

Key Contest Dates

01/09/2017 Nominations Open
01/23/2017  Voting opens
02/24/2017  Blind voting period begins, nominations close
3/3/2017 Voting Closes at midnight
Once voting closes, an audit period lasting several weeks will take place.  Stay tuned for a results release schedule.