Clinton Main Street Recieves the Creative New Event Award, Affiliate Tier, for the Clinton Quilt Walk
Missouri Main Street Connection Inc. (MMSC) presented downtown revitalization awards on July 30, 2020, recognizing revitalization
excellence during the annual Evening of Excellence Virtual Ceremony on Facebook Live. MMSC is a statewide non-profit organization designed to help Missouri communities preserve their historic commercial districts through economic revitalization. MMSC currently provides services and trainings to over 160 communities across the state. MMSC has empowered downtown revitalization in Missouri communities since 2006, resulting in $964 million of private and public investments, the creation of 829 net new businesses, and the development of 4,097 net new jobs in Main Street communities.
The virtual ceremony Thursday night honored communities, individuals, businesses, and organizations from across the state that have completed exemplary revitalization work. Competitive nominations were submitted for projects, activities, and individuals in 15 different categories that covered aspects of design, economic vitality, organization, promotion, and other efforts in downtown revitalization.
Clinton Main Street Recieves the Creative New Event Award, Affiliate
Tier, for the Clinton Quilt Walk
The 2019 Clinton Quilt Walk had a very successful first year and brought local business owners together, some who had never met before, and
approximately 500 attendees to participate in the event and shop downtown.
Retail businesses as well as the local library, museum, restaurants, and a realty office within the downtown district welcomed the idea of
showcasing quilts in their storefronts and offering a free pattern for a quilt block. The goal was to encourage people to register for a quilt to be
given away and visit each downtown location to receive a free copy of a quilt block pattern. Other activities for shoppers were a keynote speaker, a special display of quilts on the downtown courthouse lawn, and a “bed turning” on the courthouse parking lot. The local quilt guild organized and narrated two scheduled “bed turnings” of vintage and antique quilts from the area. The Optimist Club provided volunteers, a local bank furnished a utility terrain vehicle to assist walkers when needed, and the Henry County Museum offered space for a speaker.
Shops reported strong sales for the day and at least one restaurant ran out of food and borrowed from another! The participating businesses met on the following week to evaluate the event. Plans for 2020 were interrupted by COVID-19, but continue to evolve to make the Quilt Walk
in October 2020 a bigger, better event. This event was successful in targeting a population that sees Clinton’s historic downtown as a
destination stop for day trips.
For more information on this award contact Clinton Main Street’s Executive Director Tina Williams at 660-351-3384 or
Congratulations to White Flower Quilt Shop for helping us win Best New Event of the Year! The Quilt Walk was a wonderful event and we are thrilled to have that recognized!