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Honors come for outstanding accomplishments, activities and people making a difference in historic downtown.

Oregon Main Street announced its 2022 "Excellence on Main" award winners during the annual Main Street conference on Oct. 5 in Klamath Falls. COURTESY PHOTO: DOWNTOWN OREGON CITY ASSOCIATION - Runners start out strong at the beginning of the 2018 Oregon Trail Game 5K, but will they survive?

Created in 2010, the annual Excellence on Main awards honor outstanding accomplishments, activities and people making a difference in historic downtowns and traditional commercial neighborhoods across the state. Oregon City came home with two out of the total of 12 projects, activities and people awarded statewide:PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Sydnie Bray is the owner of an eco-friendly salon with locations in Oregon City and Tigard.

Business of the Year: LiveEdge Eco Salon

LiveEdge Eco Salon, an LGBT- and women-owned business, has been in downtown Oregon City for eight years. The Business of the Year Award is designed to recognize the innovation, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by main street entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Sydnie Bray has been working to redefine her industry since founding the business, but this year has been an especially big one for her company. LiveEdge received Green Circle Certification for recycling/reusing over 95% of their waste and was recently recognized as the only salon in Clackamas County as a leader in sustainability.PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Oregon City's downtown began hosting live musicians to play for outdoor diners on Main Street this summer.

Outstanding Promotion: Oregon City's Virtual Oregon Trail Game Run

The Outstanding Promotion award is for creative and effective image campaigns, special events or other promotional projects that attract people to downtown. This year's winner is downtown Oregon City's Virtual Oregon Trail Game Run. COURTESY PHOTO: DOWNTOWN OREGON CITY ASSOCIATION - A server fills a commemorative glass with a sample of local wine during a past Wine Walk on Main Street in downtown Oregon City.

During the pandemic, the Downtown Oregon City Association had to pivot its annual 5K run based on the Oregon Trail Game from the 1980s. They still wanted people to have fun with the theme but didn't want more than 500 runners gathering together at the same time. Instead, they took the run virtual. Participants -- including runners, walkers, dancers, swimmers and bikers -- had to travel the 2,000 miles from Kansas City to Oregon City. They entered their exercise onto an online forum and as they hit milestones along the way, they would be sent an 8-bit graphic in the style of the Oregon Trail Game along with historic information about the milestone they had reached and links to downtown Oregon City businesses.


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