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Oklahoma Main Street Announces Award Finalists

March 8, 2013

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) – The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced today the finalists for 20 competitive awards.  All finalists will be honored, and the winner announced, at the 24th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 7, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. 

“These awards highlight and represent the best from the businesses, communities and programs throughout Oklahoma,” said Linda Barnett, Oklahoma Main Street Center director. “These award entries, sent in by the local Main Street Programs, showcase the enthusiasm, creativity and responsibility toward increasing revenue and creating jobs for their local downtown business districts.”

Each award category falls under one of the “four points” in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners. 

The Community of the Year Award will recognize the Main Street Community who led other towns by earning the most quality assurance points during the 2012 calendar year.  The top 10 communities (in alphabetical order) include: Bartlesville, Enid, Hobart, Laverne, Newkirk, Pauls Valley, Ponca City, Prague, Sulphur, and Woodward.  The top community will be announced at the banquet.

In addition, the top Main Street program managers will be recognized at the banquet.  Those making the top three this year include Staci Bolay, Main Street of Perry; Jayne Detten, Ponca City Main Street; and Terri Wheeler, Laverne Main Street.
The award finalists are:
Premier Partner
Altus – Historical Tapestry Tour
Ardmore – Chickasaw Nation Re-Entry Program
El Reno – Canadian County Historical Museum
Hobart – General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum

Best Community Education/Public Awareness
Hobart – Hobart Main Street Newsletter
Ponca City – Adventures in History with the Magic School Bus
Poteau – Walking Tour

Best Volunteer Development Program
Cherokee – The Great Snowman Project
Newkirk – Charlie Adams Day
Newkirk – Jed’s Cords

Main Street Hero
Duncan – Jeff Bruehl
Hobart – Mayor Tom Talley
Perry – Clyde Speer

Best Creative Fundraising Effort
Bartlesville – Historic Ghost Walk
Collinsville – “Chew Dunnit” on Main Street
Newkirk – Miss Emily’s Soup Parlor & Pick-a-Purse Auction
Pauls Valley – Phantom Fundraiser Ball

Premier Special Event
Collinsville – Hogs ‘n’ Hot Rods
El Reno – Burger Day Festival
Newkirk – Charlie Adams Day

Best Retail Event
Claremore – Downtown Claremore Cash Mob SLOBS
Newkirk – Children’s Christmas Shop
Prague – Main Street Prague Value Gift Certificates

Outstanding Image Promotion
Enid – Enid Community Brand
Laverne – Street Scape
Newkirk – Scarecrows & Christmas Creations

Creative New Event
Collinsville – “Chew Dunnit” on Main Street
Newkirk – Tombstone Tales
Pauls Valley – Living Dead Center Festival & Zombie 5K Run
Pauls Valley – Trash in Fashion Show

Outstanding Web Presence
Bartlesville – What’s Up Downtown E-Newsletter
Collinsville – www.collinsvilledowntowninc.com
Perry – Main Street Website & Virtual Walk

Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Ardmore – Red Dirt Brew House
Enid – CDSA Non-Profit Center
Pauls Valley – Pauls Valley Arts & Cultural Center & Main Street Office

Best Business Practices
Altus – The Cotton Patch
Collinsville -- Reach Clothing LLC
Duncan – Distinctive Décor

Best New Business Downtown
Altus – Dora Lou’s Place
Altus – The Market Place
Okmulgee – Ike’s Downtown Pub & Eatery

Downtown Business of the Year
Ada – Vintage 22
Altus – Belles and Beaux
Hobart – General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum
Okmulgee – The Dowry

Best Public Improvement Project
Claremore – Public Art Mural
Mangum – Up the Trail
Miami – Miami Gateway Sign
Pauls Valley – Pauls Valley Arts & Cultural Center & Main Street Office

Best Interior Design Project
Bartlesville – Andrea Mann Photography
Hobart – New 2 U Used Furniture Store & Antique Mall
Sapulpa – Creek County Court House

Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000
Hobart – Peet’s Station
Newkirk – Historic Cline Building
Ponca City – Pine Street Wood Shop

Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000
Ardmore – Casa Roma Cocina Mexicana
Hobart – Stanley Furniture Store Building
Pauls Valley – Pauls Valley Arts & Cultural Center & Main Street Office

Best Window Display
Altus – Windows of Altus
Bartlesville – Andrea Mann Photography
Duncan – Main Street Duncan Holiday Windows

Best Building/Business Signage
Enid – CDSA Non-Profit Center
Okmulgee – Allergy Oklahoma
Stockyards City – The Centennial Rodeo Opry

The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program for $38 if purchased before April 5, 2013.  After that date tickets will be $40.

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