The week of Oct. 13-17 has been designated as Main Street week in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. Downtown Cushing celebrates its 10th year as a Main Street program this year.

During that time many downtown properties have undergone new ownership, facelifts, rehabilitation and remodeling.

Many professional consultations with state Main Street staff have been utilized in the fields of architecture, business consultations, and interior design. Downtown activities and improvements have been documented with literally hundreds of news items distributed to the media over the years to broadcast those successes both inside and outside the community. Also during that time Centennial Park was begun, the most aggressive capital improvement project the organization has yet to undertake.

To properly launch Oklahoma Main Street Week a limited number of Oklahoma Main Street coloring books will be handed out to children 12 and under at the information booth at the Festival in the Park on Saturday. These coloring books, designed by state staff, depict historic architecture in Oklahoma towns. (A Downtown Cushing property was featured a few years ago).

Recipients are asked to color their favorite building and turn it in by Friday Oct. 23 for judging. (Entries must include name, address and phone number and must be returned to either the Downtown Cushing Main Street office at 104 W. Broadway or to the Corner Shed at 201 E. Broadway.) Winners will be announced on Oct. 31st at the Downtown Trick or Treat in Centennial Park at 6 pm. Prizes will be announced at that time.

The Main Street program places a strong emphasis on historic preservation as a part of revitalization efforts. In most cases adaptive reuse of older properties is a viable alternative and an environmentally friendly way to recycle historic properties to fit new uses.

For more information please contact the Downtown Cushing Main Street office at 225-2100.