Two Payson Main Street projects the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade and Payson Auto Classics earned top honors Wednesday evening in the 2002 Main Street Awards competition.
The Electric Light Parade was named "Best Special Event" over two other nominees, Nogales' Youth Mariachi Festival and Sedona's Centennial Postal & Pony Express Re-enactment.
The inaugural parade, held last December, began at the Beeline and ended at Green Valley Park, attracting 55 entries and reaching a mile in length.
At the parade's conclusion, the estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people in attendance joined church and other choral groups in singing Christmas carols and watched as the official town tree was lighted.
Payson Auto Classics took top honors for Best Facade Renovation Under $25,000 over T&T Blinds & Remodeling of Casa Grande and Payson's Cuts & Stuf.
New owner J. D. Bell utilized a 1950s retro theme including a vintage soda fountain to revitalize the building that formerly housed Payson Auto Repair and sat vacant on Main Street for several years.
The two Payson entries were honored along with winners in other categories at an awards dinner held on Yuma's Main Street as part of the Governor's 28th Annual Rural Development Conference. Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer, town councilor Dick Wolfe and 2002 Electric Light Parade chairperson Marilyn Wolfe accepted the awards.
Main Street Program manager Karen Greenspoon also was honored at the dinner for her long-term involvement in Main Street programs in both Payson and Show Low.