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Estacada Uncorked honored as 'Best Special Event'

ESTACADA NEWS FILE PHOTO - Nina Bradford and Sue Dumolt smile at the Spiral Gallery's booth at Estacada Uncorked in June. The event was recently recognized by the Oregon Main Street Program.The Oregon Main Street Program has recognized “Estacada Uncorked,” a new event organized by the Estacada Development Association over the summer.

During the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria, “Estacada Uncorked” received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award in the “Best Special Event” category.

The award recognizes outstanding downtown events, festivals or promotional series.

Connie Redmond and Robyn Beisell, two of the event’s organizers, received the award during the ceremony.

One of the goals of Estacada Uncorked, a wine and microbrew tasting event held Saturday, June 25 on Broadway Street, was to bring a variety of people to the city’s downtown core.

“Some people don’t know all that we have in downtown Estacada, so it’s an opportunity for people who aren’t normally downtown to come here,” Redmond told the Estacada News during the event.

The evening also featured live music, children’s activities and local art on display. It included many local and regional vendors for food and drink, including Clackamas River Growlers, Harmony Baking Co, Buddha Kat Winery and Leaning Star Winery.

Nancy Hoffman, executive director of Estacada’s Main Street program, said that organizers predicted the event would bring out 250 people. The actual turnout was close to 600, exceeding their expectations.

“We had the sense people who attended were hungry for a downtown social event, and this one hit the spot,” she said.

The Oregon Main Street Program’s award review committee was particularly impressed with the local government’s support for the event.

“Every city councilor, the mayor and the city manager attended,” said Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street coordinator.

The Estacada Development Association plans to host the event annually.

For Redmond, the event exemplified why Broadway Street was redone in 2015.

“(Broadway Street) is Estacada’s living room,” she told the Estacada News that evening. “It’s great when there are people enjoying it.”

The Oregon Main Street Program provides assistance to communities with the goal of strengthening their historic downtown commercial districts. The program strives to create communities that will stimulate the economy while maintaining a strong sense of history and place.

Across the United States, Main Street programs have been implemented in more than 2,200 cities and towns in 40 different states.