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Oklahoma Main Street Announces 2013 Award Winners

May 8, 2013

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) – The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced the winners in 20 competitive award categories during the 24th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 7, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

"We are pleased to announce the following winners in each of the respective categories," said Linda Barnett, director of the Oklahoma Main Street program. "All of the entries highlight the wonderful things happening around the state. Through the events, the volunteers, the restoration efforts and all the other things that make our downtowns so great, these award winners prove that Main Streets across Oklahoma are alive and thriving. Congratulations to all the top three finishers and the winners."

Each award falls under one of the "four points" in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Design.

The 2013 award winners include:

Premier Partner
El Reno – Canadian County Historical Museum

Best Community Education/Public Awareness
Ponca City – Adventures in History with the Magic School Bus

Best Volunteer Development Program
Newkirk – Charlie Adams Day

Main Street Hero
Hobart – Mayor Tom Talley

Best Creative Fundraising Effort
Bartlesville – Historic Ghost Walk
Newkirk – Miss Emily’s Soup Parlor & Pick-a-Purse Auction

Premier Special Event
Collinsville – Hogs ‘n’ Hot Rods

Best Retail Event
Newkirk – Children’s Christmas Shop

Outstanding Image Promotion
Laverne – Street Scape

Creative New Event
Newkirk – Tombstone Tales
Pauls Valley – Living Dead Center Festival & Zombie 5K Run

Outstanding Web Presence
Collinsville – www.collinsvilledowntowninc.com


Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Enid – CDSA Non-Profit Center

Best Business Practices
Collinsville -- Reach Clothing LLC

Best New Business Downtown
Altus – Dora Lou’s Place

Downtown Business of the Year
Ada – Vintage 22
Hobart – General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum


Best Public Improvement Project
Pauls Valley – Pauls Valley Arts & Cultural Center & Main Street Office

Best Interior Design Project
Sapulpa – Creek County Court House

Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000
Hobart – Peet’s Station

Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000
Pauls Valley – Pauls Valley Arts & Cultural Center & Main Street Office

Best Window Display
Bartlesville – Andrea Mann Photography

Best Building/Business Signage
Stockyards City – The Centennial Rodeo Opry

Top 10 Main Street Communities
Bartlesville, Enid, Hobart, Laverne, Newkirk, Pauls Valley, Ponca City, Prague, Sulphur and Woodward

2013 Community of the Year
Main Street Prague

2013 Watonga Bob Shoemaker Award (given to the program manager of the year)
Jayne Detten, Ponca City Main Street

Friend of Main Street
The Tribes and Tribal Nations of Oklahoma

For more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit http://okcommerce.gov/main-street.