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MAIN STREET ENID EVENTS, PROJECTS, AND BUSINESSES MAKE FINALS IN MAIN STREET OKLAHOMA STATEWIDE AWARDS

Enid, Oklahoma – June 13th, 2024 – The Oklahoma Main Street Center, a division within the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, has announced the finalists for the program’s annual statewide awards competition, and Enid’s own 12 Main Street events, projects, & businesses have made the list. All finalists will be recognized, and the winners announced, during the 34th annual Main Street Awards Banquet on Tuesday, September 24th in Oklahoma City. Programs from across the state competed in 24 award categories representing the “four points” of the Main Street Approach: Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality, and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point reviewed nearly 170 total entries and determined the winners. Enid’s finalists in the Main Street Awards categories are:

Best Interior Design Project Under $25,000: Café Volare

Best Visual Merchandising: The Turquoise Boutique

Best Adaptive Reuse Project Over $25,000: The Turpin at Gaslight

Best Placemaking Project: Permanent Building Lighting

Best Main Street Community Education Campaign: Main Street Enid Rebrand

Outstanding Community Engagement Effort: Parade of Lights

Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees: 30th Annual Enid Lights Up the Plains

Best Main Street Retail Event: Fashion First Friday & Sip, Snack, & Shop Holiday Shopping Crawl

Outstanding Image Promotion: Main Street Enid Branding

Creative New Event: Bikes & Barks & McVay Movie Night on Ice

“We are so grateful to be a part of the Main Street organization and proud of the hard work that goes into these awards but also the faces behind the awards,” said Natalie Rapp, Executive Director of Main Street Enid. “We are so thankful for our downtown businesses who continue to be a part of our mission and enhance the quality of life in our downtown.”

“These award categories celebrate the diverse activities, businesses, volunteers, and Main Street programs across Oklahoma,” said Buffy Skee, Director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center. “Each submission, provided by local Main Street programs, demonstrates the creativity and engagement aimed at boosting revenue and fostering job creation in their historic commercial districts. Congratulations to all our finalists who have risen above strong competition.”

Enid’s 12 Main Street finalists highlight the dedication and community spirit that drive the town’s economic and cultural development. These events and businesses not only contribute to the vibrancy of downtown Enid but also showcase the collaborative effort that strengthens the community.

In addition to celebrating these accomplishments, Main Street Enid will be hosting its 30th Anniversary Bash and their own Main Street Enid Awards on August 3rd, 2024. This event will be a celebration of all things downtown Enid, honoring the hard work and dedication of the businesses, volunteers, and community members who contribute to the success of Downtown Enid. For more information about Main Street Enid, please visit mainstreetenid.org.

Blake Reese
Blake Reese
Blake Reese is the Coeditor and Advertising Director for Enid Monthly. Writing and editing are passions of his, but he also enjoys the connections and relationships he gets to make by going out into the community. Blake is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but he relocated to Enid after graduating from college. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science accompanied by a minor in Communications. Blake definitely misses the city life from time to time, but he's happy to be a part of the Enid community.

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