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The Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the recipients of the sixty-eighth annual Best of Cedar City Awards, including Utah Shakespeare Festival Education Director Michael Bahr as Educator of the Year.

After four months of nominations and voting by the community, the chamber announced the winners in twelve different categories, and will announce the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Award at the chamber gala. The winners will receive their awards and recognition at the annual chamber gala on January 18, 2019 in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Ballroom at Southern Utah University.

“Thanks to the chamber of commerce and to everyone who voted. This is a wonderful honor,” said Bahr. “I am thrilled to be a part of this community which is so supportive of education and our children.”

Other award winners are Southern Utah University President Scott L Wyatt, Man of the Year; Jennie Hendricks, Woman of the Year; Ken Bettridge Distributing, Business of the Year; Southwest Technical College, Employer of the Year; Lin’s Fresh Marketplace, Customer Service of the Year; Southwest Technical College, Innovative Business of the Year; Kenadie Terry, Young Citizen of the Year; Centro Wood Fired Pizza, Restaurant of the Year; Iron County Care and Share, Organization of the Year; Michael Stults, Medical Professional of the Year; and Eric Schmutz, Legacy Award–Lifetime Achievement.

According to the chamber, these awards “honor community members and businesses for encouraging and promoting a positive and vital economy and preserving those unique qualities that make the Cedar City area a very special place to live, work, and visit.”

“I am so glad to see Michael Bahr receive this recognition which is so abundantly deserved,” said Festival Executive Producer Frank Mack. “Michael is a devoted educator and a core part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and it’s wonderful to see the community express its appreciation for his brilliant work.”