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The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced today finalists of the program’s annual statewide awards competition, and Duncan’s own is up for five awards. Winners will be announced May 7 at the 30th annual Main Street Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites OKC downtown/Medical Center Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Buffy Hughes, Oklahoma Main Street Center director, said in a press release that it was a great tradition.

“For 30 years now, we have come together to celebrate our valuable volunteers, business and building owners, program directors and board members throughout the state of Oklahoma,” Hughes said. “It is our opportunity to recognize these outstanding people, places, businesses and events.

“These award entries, sent in by local Main Street programs, highlight the enthusiasm, creativity and responsibility toward increasing revenue and creating jobs for the local historic business districts. This is our way to show our appreciation for all of their hard work.”

Programs from across the state compete in 21 award categories that represent the “four points” of the Main Street Approach: organization, promotion, economic vitality and design.

Panels of outside judges review the entries and determine the winners. They also select the top prize of “The Main Street Program of the Year.”

The programs in the running for 2018 (in alphabetical order) include: Altus, Claremore, El Reno, Enid, Guymon, Idabel, Newkirk, Ponca City, Stockyards City, Tulsa Route 66 and Wilburton.

The programs earning the most quality assurance points during the 2018 calendar year are invited to submit a short essay in support of their selection as “Main Street Program of the Year.”

The program of the year will be announced at the banquet.

In addition, the Watonga Bob Shoemaker Award, given to the outstanding program director, will be awarded at the banquet.

The awards Duncan is up for are:

• Center Best Volunteer Development Program

Duncan — Team Up to Clean Up

Hobart — Main Street Design Committee

Newkirk — Children’s Christmas Shop

• Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees

Ada — Ada Fest

Duncan — Wine’n on the Chisholm Trail Festival

El Reno — The Burger Day Festival

• Best Retail Event

Duncan — Holiday Stroll

Durant — Santa’s Very Merry Main Street

Enid — Trolley Tours

• Best Sustainable Design Project

Claremore — Studio B Artworks

Duncan — Downtown Bench Restoration

Okmulgee — OSUIT “GOPO” (Grand Old Post Office)

• Best Visual Merchandising

Ada — Rustic Ridge

Duncan — Distinctive-Décor.com

Perry — Yankee Dime Mercantile

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner and program will begin at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased from a local Main Street Program representative for $45. For a listing of Main Street programs in the state, or for more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, call 405-815-6552 or visit OKcommerce.gov/mainstreet.