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Posted on November 8, 2022 at 2:57 PM by Wendy Haun
[NOVEMBER 8, SA MARCOS, TX] Winners of the 2022 President’s Awards Program were announced in San Marcos in conjunction with the Texas Downtown Conference. For over 35 years the awards program, sponsored by Texas Downtown (TXDT), has recognized outstanding projects, places, and people of Texas downtowns. Bonnie & Clyde Days returned to great fanfare, post-pandemic, in 2021, and was recognized as the best traditional promotion by TXDT for its efforts.
Bonnie & Clyde Days commemorates the day Hollywood Came to Pilot Point for the shooting of the classic film in 1966. The festival includes a reenactment of the scene from the film, shot at the Farmers & Merchants Bank, along with other live entertainment, vendors and other family friendly activities. The 2021 event was the 11th year it had been held.
“As a downtown merchant who sees return from having events downtown, and as someone who helped plan the event as a board member, we are excited to be recognized for this honor by the Texas Downtown Association,” said Allison Martin, former Main Street Board Chair and owner of Martin General Store.
Texas Downtown was established in 1985 to connect and serve communities that are committed to downtown vitality. The mission of the organization is to provide members with resources, advocacy, education, and connections. Texas Downtown represents cities of all sizes, economic development organizations, nonprofits including chambers of commerce and merchant groups, and small business owners.
“It is a great honor for our city that Bonnie and Clyde Days was recognized as the best traditional event by Texas Downtown,” City Manager Britt Lusk said. “This festival and this award showcase our commitment to our historic downtown. We are grateful to our Main Street Director and her Board for their hard work, and the City Council and the citizens of our great city for their support.”
The judges for achievement entries were: Erika Boyd, Texas Travel Alliance; Julie Glover, Downtown Consultant; Danny Holeva, Arts Council of Midland; Kris Larson, Central Houston; and Jordan Maddox, Halff Associates.
For more information about the President’s Awards, the Texas Downtown Conference, or other programs of Texas Downtown, please visit www.texasdowntown.org.
(Photo above: Receiving the Presidents Award were Economic Development Director Denise Morris, Main Street Director Wendy Haun and TXDT Board President Katelyn Brown.)