LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday applauded the village of Blissfield for being named a winner of the Michigan Main Street Photo Contest sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
Blissfield was the winner of the Active Downtown category, which focused on photos that display the overall vibrancy and activity occurring within Main Street communities. The village’s Main Street program will receive $1,000 for its winning submission.
“Our downtowns represent the heart of our communities and a connection to our past,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “As we work to continue to grow our economy, initiatives like the Michigan Main Street Program work with our local communities to revitalize our downtown areas. The winning photo brilliantly captures small-town life in rural Michigan, where generations of Michiganders have opened small businesses or worked on the family farm to feed America.”
The winning picture was taken in August during the village’s annual tractor cruise-in. The event featured a live band while drawing over 90 tractors last year.
“The tractor cruise-in is one of our staple events here in Blissfield,” said Tyler Dotson, Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/economic development director. “It puts a spotlight on our rich agricultural heritage while showcasing our downtown and providing a fun atmosphere for both residents and visitors alike. This is what small-town America is really about.”
The Michigan Main Street Photo Contest was created to allow communities to showcase their downtown revitalization efforts and highlight their accomplishments as Main Street communities. The contest ran from Sept. 11 to Dec. 22, 2017 and had five separate segments, each running for three weeks.
In addition to Blissfield’s winning segment, Active Downtown, each of the Main Street Four Points — Economic Vitality, Organization, Design and Promotion — were contest segments.
Michigan Main Street Program is administered by MEDC and provides technical assistance for communities desiring to develop their own local Main Street program. For more information, visit www.miplace.org/communities/mms.