Oklahoma Main Street Announces Award Finalists and Claremore’s on the List!


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 27th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 3, at the Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center Hotel.

“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.  The top 11 communities (in alphabetical order) include: Ada, Altus, 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, Main Street Altus; Stephen Boyd, Hobart Main Street, Inc.; and Heather Sumner, Okmulgee Main Street.

The award finalists are:


Premier Partner

Guymon – City Bank and Trust

Sapulpa – Larry White, Signs of the Times

Stockyards City – Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Police


Best Community Education/Public Awareness

Ponca City – Hipstoric Banners

Stockyards City – Granville Community Music School

Wilburton – Main Street Week Fifth Grade Walking Tour


Best Volunteer Development Program 

Guymon — Transformers

Newkirk – Leaders of Tomorrow

Sapulpa – Big Build Facelift


Main Street Hero

Hobart – Lou Sims

Newkirk – Sue Roy

Okmulgee – Ron Drake


Best Creative Fundraising Effort

Enid – Food for Thought

Newkirk – 6×6 Art Show and Sale

Okmulgee – Big Brain Trivia Night




Premier Special Event Under 1,000 Attendees

Kendall Whittier – Taste of Kendall Whittier

Laverne – Muddy Duck Dash

Tahlequah – Ladies Night Out


Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees

Ada – Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights

Ponca City – Crazy Days Street Party

Tahlequah – Red Fern Festival


Best Retail Event 

Altus – Candy Cane Cash “Sweet”stakes

Kendall Whittier – Kendall Whittier Lunch Bunch

Prague – Shop Small Christmas Open House


Outstanding Image Promotion 

Enid – Downtown Enid History Website

Kendall Whittier – KWMS Logo Redesign

Ponca City – Shop, Eat & Play


Creative New Event 

Kendall Whittier – Ice Cream Social

Newkirk – 6×6 Art Show and Sale

Ponca City – Down by Downtown (DxDT)



Best Placemaking Project

Enid – The Breeze

Enid – Breezeway Pocket Park

Ponca City – Downtown Fitness Trails


Best Sustainable Design Project 

Enid – Keep Enid Beautiful Corners

Newkirk – Newkirk City Hall

Sapulpa – Big Build Facelift


Best Interior Design Project 

Bartlesville – Ambler Hall

Claremore – North Block Common

Okmulgee – Park on the Square


Best Façade Rehabilitation Under $10,000 

Bartlesville – Indian Lock and Key

Claremore – North Block Common

Kendall Whittier – Eby Brothers Building


Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000 

Guymon – Nuestra Tierra

Newkirk – Newkirk City Hall

Ponca City – East Administration Building


Best Visual Merchandising 

Ada – Rustic Ridge

Claremore – The Burlap Closet

Hobart – Ace-in-the-Hole Ladies Apparel


Best Building/Business Branding 

Claremore – The Burlap Closet

El Reno – Iron Tree Coffee Company, LLC

Tahlequah – The Spider Gallery



Best Adaptive Reuse Project 

Duncan – Eclectic Echo & Company

Kendall Whittier – 1 North Lewis Avenue

Okmulgee – Park on the Square


Best Business Practices 

Altus – Belles & Beaux

Guymon — TCEC

Ponca City – Eastman National Bank


Best New Business

Durant – With Bump

El Reno – Blu99

Wilburton – Sun Baby


Business of the Year

Ada – The McSwain Theatre

Altus – The Booterie

Kendall Whittier – Circle Cinema

Newkirk – Eastman National Bank

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.



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