Area Main Street associations recognized

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Several Northeast Mississippi Main Street associations won awards Thursday at the 25th annual Mississippi Main Street luncheon.

Tupelo was among seven cities in the region recognized with awards.

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association won the “Best Creative Fundraising Project” with its Feast for the Farmers event. Feast for the Farmers is held on the Friday prior to the official opening of the Farmers Market, and it is the market’s only fundraiser of the year.

DTMSA also won “Best Image or Branding Promotion” with its “American Rhythm, True Southern Spirit” campaign.

Other Northeast Mississippi Main Street organizations and individuals receiving awards were:

• Greater Starkville Development Partnership for “Best New Signage” for its Starkville wayfaring signage; and “Best New Development Project” for Renasant Bank.

• Water Valley Main Street for “Best Adaptive Re-Use Project” for the Crawdad Hole Jr.; and and “Main Street Merchant of the Year” in Alexe Van Buren.

• Pontotoc County Main Street for “Best Public-Private Partnership Project” for its Off the Square Market.

• “Spirit of Main Street” awards were given to Lawson Grimes of Aberdeen Main Street; Mike Bryan of Amory Main Street and Nancy Kidd of New Albany Main Street.

• The “Main Street Manager of the Year” went to Ellen Russell, Pontotoc County Main Street. She received a $1,500 scholarship.