The Oklahoma Main Street Center has announced the finalists of the program’s annual statewide awards competition. All finalists will be honored, and the winners announced, at the 27th annual Main Street Awards Banquet on May 3 at the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City.
“The Oklahoma Main Street Center received more than 250 nominations this year for 21 award categories,” said Linda Barnett, Oklahoma Main Street Center director. “These are the top events, volunteers, promotions, businesses, and designs in our 36 communities across Oklahoma. The competition is always fierce and all are deserving.”
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 Community who led other towns by earning the most quality assurance points during the 2015 calendar year. Altus is among the top 11 communities. Others in the running include Ada, Collinsville, El Reno, Enid, Hobart, Newkirk, Ponca City, Prague, Pryor and Woodward. The top community 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 Amy Jo Cobb of Main Street Altus. The other two contenders are Stephen Boyd, Hobart Main Street, Inc.; and Heather Sumner, Okmulgee Main Street.
Main Street Altus is also up for Community of the Year, and the Candy Cane Cash “Sweet”stakes is up for Best Retail Event.
Under the Economic Vitality category, Belles & Beaux of Altus is up for the Best Business Practices, and The Booterie is up for Business of the Year.
Ralph VanOostrum will be honored at the awards banquet in May as Main Street Altus’ Board Member of the Year.
The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program for $45.
For more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit OKcommerce.gov/mainstreet.