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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Oklahoma Main Street Announces 2017 Award Winners

Contact: Buffy Hughes
Oklahoma Main Street Center
Phone: (405) 815-6552

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) – The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced the winners in 21 competitive award categories during the 28th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 9, at the Embassy Suites Downtown Medical Center Hotel.

“The Main Street Awards Banquet celebrates the imaginative, and hardworking people who are dedicated to revitalizing and preserving the historic commercial districts in their communities across Oklahoma,” said Buffy Hughes, director of the Oklahoma Main Street program. “It was a competitive year with almost 200 entries, and these awards emphasize and embody the best people, programs, design, and events happening on Main Street. Congratulations to all the winners.”

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

The 2017 award winners include:


Premier Partner
Ponca City Main Street – City of Ponca City

Best Community Education/Public Awareness
Wilburton Main Street – Main Street Week Activities

Best Volunteer Development Program
Durant Main Street – Durant High School Service Leaning Project

Best Creative Fundraising Effort
Durant Main Street – Dancing with the Stars

Main Street Hero
Okmulgee Main Street – Richard Larabee


Best Retail Event
Durant Main Street – Dash for Cash

Creative New Event
Ponca City Main Street – 2016 Battle of the Burger

Outstanding Image Promotion
Main Street Enid – Elf on the Downtown Shelf

Premier Special Event Under 1,000 Attendees
Main Street Enid – Butterfly Invasion
Main Street Enid – Downtown Dogfest

Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees
Hobart Main Street – 9/11: Never Forget


Best Placemaking Project
Ponca City Main Street – Veterans’ Plaza

Best Building/Business Branding
Kendall Whittier Main Street – The Beehive Lounge

Best Visual Merchandising
Ada Main Street – Farm Girl Boutique

Best Interior Design Project
Okmulgee Main Street – Park on the Square

Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000
Hobart Main Street – Krieger Insurance

Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000
Claremore Main Street – Main Street Tavern

Best Sustainable Design Project
Main Street Enid – Lamp Post Refurbishment


Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Hobart Main Street – Frisco Creek Barbeque

Best Business Practices
Main Street Altus – Belles & Beaux

Best New Business
Okmulgee Main Street – 102 Ristorante

Business of the Year
Hobart Main Street – General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum

Top Main Street Communities
Altus, Bartlesville, Duncan, Guymon, Hobart, Newkirk, Okmulgee, Ponca City, Prague, and Wilburton.

Community of the Year
Main Street Altus

The Watonga Bob Shoemaker Award (given to the program director of the year)
Stephen Boyd, Hobart Main Street

The Oklahoma Main Street Center would also like to thank the sponsors for this year’s banquet: Main Street Enid, Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center Hotel, Cory’s Audio Visual, and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

For more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit


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