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September 13, 2013

Main Street is sweet

Main Street Duncan, Inc. annual banquet honors local businesses

DUNCAN — If you have a sweet tooth, the annual Main Street Duncan, Inc. Banquet is the place for you to be next week.

This event recognizes those who have worked hard throughout the last year to support and improve Main Street businesses. Themed “Main Street is Sweet,” this year’s banquet is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the First Christian Church gathering hall.

Awards are a highlight of the evening and two years ago, the first Bobby Richardson Community Spirit Award was given. Though there was not one handed out last year, there will be again during the upcoming banquet.

“We believe we have someone worthy of it this year,” said Tammy Johnson, executive director of Main Street Duncan.

Richardson was part of the group who began Main Street Duncan 27 years ago and continued to support the program until his final days. This will be the first award in his name to be given since his death July 3, 2013.

Other awards will be honoring individuals and businesses who have supported Main Street Duncan for the entire 27 years of its existence, Volunteer of the Year, Board Member of the Year and Premier Partner.

“Everything will be like it always is, except we aren’t doing a Mad-Money Tree,” said Johnson. “We’re increasing our dessert auction.”

As centerpieces on each table, those who attend will get to ogle the cakes, pies and other treats donated as auction items as they eat. Instead of the usual 20 donated items, there will be 40.

In addition to the opportunity to win in the auction, there will be a candy buffet Johnson has been working on. There you will find such sweets as taffy shish kabobs, cupcakes, sucker topiaries, gum balls and gummy bears.

“It’s going to be anything sweet you can think of,” said Johnson. “It will be a full fledged sweet bar.”

Before hitting the sugar, guests will dine on La Fortuna’s pork steak, whose large juicy portion was a big hit at last year’s banquet, Johnson said.

So far, 101 tickets have been sold for the event. However, Johnson doesn’t expect to see a record breaking attendance like last year because of other events going on that will conflict with several Main Street members. This year, the organization gained eight new members.

“We still have a few tickets available and the public is invited,” said Johnson. “Most people don’t understand the Main Street program. This is a good way to find out what the program is about, have fun at the same time and get a good meal.”

For tickets, call the Main Street office at 580-252-8696. Dress is business casual.

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