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Main Street Enid

Main Street Enid garnered seven finalists in the Oklahoma Main Street Awards to be announced later this month.

The nominees have placed in the top three, which means they have a chance to win the category. Winners will be named at the state Main Street Awards March 30 at the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City.

“Having that many in the top three list is excellent,” said Main Street Program Manager Lindy Chambers.

The nominees were selected by a panel of judges in each category. There are 43 Main Street communities in Oklahoma, and there are 21 categories to enter.

“Some communities don’t nominate, but Enid is always proactive,” Chambers said.

Enid’s finalists are: Main Street Hero, Lynn Smith; Best Creative Fundraising Effort, Stakeholders Fundraiser; Outstanding Image Promotion, Shop, Dine, Be Entertained; Best Retail Event, Morning on Main Street; Outstanding Web Presence; Best Interior Design, Body Solid; and Best Adaptive Reuse, Park Avenue Thrift.

Chambers is excited about the Body Solid nomination because business owners worked closely with Main Street architect Ron Frantz to design their property.

“We have won many awards and have nominees every year,” Chambers said. “We’re very, very honored.”

Volunteers Ty and Kelly Tompkins have taken over the Main Street Web site and redesigned it. Park Avenue Thrift remodeled an old warehouse into a thrift store, including an attractive redesign of the front of the building, Chambers said.

Main Street’s Shop, Dine, Be Entertained design appears on billboards and postcards as part of its image campaign. Shane and Sara Scribner, downtown business owners and volunteers, designed that image. The image includes the St. Patrick’s Celebration, Jazz Stroll and other events.

“It’s great for the community to highlight and reward those who make downtown a destination,” Chambers said.

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