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Oklahoma Main Street Announces 2017 Award Finalists

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) – The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced today the finalists of the program’s annual statewide awards competition. All finalists will be honored, and the winners announced, at the 28th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 9, at the Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center Hotel.

“The Oklahoma Main Street Center Awards Banquet celebrates the communities, people and events that make the program thrive,” said Buffy Hughes, Oklahoma Main Street director. “There are 21 competitive award categories representing the Main Street Four Points, and 19 different programs are in the top three of each.  We are always excited to see so many projects, events and people highlighted by the local programs. It is a joyful time for all involved in Main Street.”

Each award category falls under one of the “four points” in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality 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 program that earned the most quality assurance points during the 2016 calendar year. The top 10 programs (in alphabetical order) include: Altus, Bartlesville, Duncan, Guymon, Hobart, Newkirk, Okmulgee, Ponca City, Prague, and Wilburton. The top program will also be announced at the banquet.

In addition, the top Main Street Program Directors will be recognized at the banquet.  Those making the top three this year include Stephen Boyd, Hobart Main Street, Inc.; Melyn Johnson, Main Street Guymon Inc.; and Ed Sharrer, Kendall Whittier Main Street.

The award finalists are:


Premier Partner
Bartlesville – Hilton Garden Inn/Bartlesville
Okmulgee – Street Signs
Ponca City – City of Ponca City

Best Community Education/Public Awareness
Ardmore – “Your Favorite New Place” Billboard Campaign
Duncan – “This Place Matters”
Wilburton – Main Street Week Activities

Best Volunteer Development Program
Durant – Durant High School Service Learning Project
Guymon – Football Families
Hobart – Main Street Design Committee

Main Street Hero
Altus – Shannon Preston
Newkirk – Caryl Morgan
Okmulgee – Richard Larabee
Ponca City – Richard Winterrowd

Best Creative Fundraising Effort
Durant – Dancing with the Stars
Okmulgee – Big Brain Trivia Night
Ponca City – 2016 Battle of the Burger


Premier Special Event Under 1,000 Attendees
Claremore – Food Truck Thursday
Enid – Butterfly Invasion
Enid – Downtown Dogfest

Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees
Collinsville – 15th Annual Hogs ‘n’ Hot Rods
Durant – Trick or Treat on Third Street Carnival
Hobart – 9/11: Never Forget

Best Retail Event
Durant – Dash for Cash
Ponca City – Ladies Night Out
Tahlequah – Ladies Night Out 2016

Outstanding Image Promotion
Enid – Elf on the Downtown Shelf
Enid – Shop the Square & Main Street Menu
Ponca City – The Downtown Flyer

Creative New Event
Hobart – 9/11: Never Forget
Ponca City – 2016 Battle of the Burger
Stockyards City – “Cowboys and Caboodles” Art Show and Sale


Best Placemaking Project
Enid – The Trail Mural
Ponca City – City of Ponca City/Light Poles & Street Signs
Ponca City – Veterans’ Plaza

Best Sustainable Design Project
Enid – Lamp Post Refurbishment
Enid – Mural Program
Ponca City – Veterans’ Plaza

Best Interior Design Project
Enid – Leonardo’s Children’s Museum
Kendall Whittier – The Beehive Lounge
Okmulgee – Park on the Square

Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000
Claremore – Barron Law Firm
Hobart – Krieger Insurance
Newkirk – A Perfect Day

Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000
Bartlesville – Chris Dizmang – CR Anthony Building
Claremore – Main Street Tavern
Newkirk – Newkirk City Hall
Tahlequah – Wilson Building Façade Project

Best Visual Merchandising
Ada – Farm Girl Boutique
Ada – Rustic Ridge
McAlester – Harper and Gray House

Best Building/Business Branding
Durant – Bliss Boutique
Kendall Whittier – The Beehive Lounge
Newkirk – Cheeky Burgers


Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Claremore – Main Street Tavern
Hobart – Frisco Creek Barbeque
Newkirk – Inner Spaces

Best Business Practices
Ada — Scraptopia
Altus – Belles & Beaux
Durant – With Bump

Best New Business
Kendall Whittier – Calaveras Mexican Grill
Okmulgee – 102 Ristorante
Stockyards City – Prairie Dust Soaps and Stuff

Business of the Year
Hobart – General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum
Newkirk – Urban Prairie Art Gallery
Ponca City – Lewis Associates Architects, Inc.

The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program for $45. For a listing of Main Street programs in the state, or for more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit


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