My Mckinney

Oktober Fest
Oktober Fest

For those of you who follow my blog you know I live in and love my adopted hometown of Mckinney in Texas. Mckinney is truly a wonderful place to visit. It has a great square surrounding the old court house now the Mckinney Performing Arts Center and which forms the heart of a vibrant restaurant and art community. Everyone pulls together to promote and take part in many interesting events. While sometimes I might complain about having to park way out of the square it’s proof of how well attended each event is. From the doggie “Krewe of Barkus” to the Farmers Market to their multitude of art events you are guaranteed lots of fun and while it may take a bit longer to get a seat in many of the superb eateries you know there is always something to do in Mckinney.

I especially love being part of the art community in Mckinney. You’ll often hear me say when I moved to Texas I found my tribe. And what an amazing tribe they are! So many really creative and wonderful artists who I constantly aspire to, who not only inspire me on a daily basis but make me feel welcomed not just as a fellow artist but as a friend.

Mckinney was named the #1 place to live in the US by Money magazine in 2014 (it consistently features in the top 5) and it has just been awarded some more accolades for the regular events that take place there.

Here’s the latest release from the City of Mckinney.

McKinney Scores Top Marks for Planning Amazing Downtown Events

Sawyer Erickson August 7, 2015 arts and leisure, Government

The City of McKinney and McKinney Main Street were presented with four first-place awards for marketing and promotion during the annual Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA) conference in Houston. Those awards include:

Best TV Promotion – Bike the Bricks
Best Radio Promotion – Oktoberfest
Best T-shirt – Oktoberfest
Best Street Banner – Arts in Bloom
Each year, TFEA honors the brightest and best in the industry through its annual Marketing Awards Contest for Texas-based festival and event planners, volunteers and suppliers. Entries are submitted by festivals and events across the entire state of Texas and are judged by a panel of industry experts and awarded in more than 62 categories.

“We strive to continually host high quality events in downtown McKinney, and we are an outstanding example of how a community can work together to create events that enhance quality of life,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of the McKinney Performing Arts Center and McKinney Main Street.

McKinney Main Street is a nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure downtown continues to be the vibrant, inviting and growing area it is known for today. Main Street partners with the city to host McKinney’s signature events like Arts in Bloom, Krewe of Barkus, Bike the Bricks, Oktoberfest, Scare on the Square and Home for the Holidays – A McKinney Christmas, which draw thousands of residents annually as well as visitors from outside the city.

Learn more about these events and other projects of McKinney Main Street here

City of McKinney Press Release

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