Best of Regina is readers’ poll on our city’s swellest stores, businesses, folks and fun. Readers may vote in 125 categories including Best Roughrider, Best Clothing Store, Best Real Estate Agent and Best Place to Buy Condoms. The survey is open until noon Thursday, Sept. 23. One eligible voter will win $1000 in gift certificates to some of Regina’s best shops and restaurants. results and winners will be announced in our October 21 edition.

I’m previewing one category every day until the polls close. Up today: Best Hobby.

Some categories come back every year. Some just get thrown in once every few years to make things interesting. So it is with Best Hobby, one of our exclusive 2010 poll questions.

My 2001 edition Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines hobbies like this: “a member of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size and with hairy feet…” wait that’s not it (flip).

Hobby: n. (pl. -ies) 1. a favourite leisure-time activity or occupation. 2. archaic a small horse.

Obviously, you’re voting on the activity here (although riding horses could be a hobby).

Hobbies are great. And there are tons of them. Off the top of my head: knitting, painting, board games, baking, movies, reading, building models, obsessing over model railroads, keeping fish, studying history, playing bridge, blogging, researching family trees, watching birds, bodybuilding, gardening,  jogging, collecting things like coins or stamps or art or toys, camping, playing World of Warcraft (nerrrd!), playing in fantasy sports pools (bigger nerrrd!), travelling (must be nice!) and, I’m sure, the list goes on and on.

What’s the Best Hobby? And is there a best hobby that’s specific to Regina? Let us know!

Up tomorrow: Reader’s choice! Let me know which category I should write about in comments. (Cue chirping crickets.)