Main Street in Parade contest; word comes too late for votes

By From page A1 | July 07, 2014

Placerville was one of 16 cities across the nation whose Main Street was nominated for Parade magazine’s “Best Main Street Tournament.” If you didn’t know about this, it’s not surprising. The announcement was in the June 29 issue of Parade, which is distributed in the Sunday Sacramento Bee.

To move from being one of 16 to being number one, there are three rounds of voting. Unfortunately, Round 1 was Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. With the Parade not being in the papers until June 29, most people had no idea Placerville was in the running and not much time to vote.

“I noticed in Parade (on March 24) that there was an announcement about nominating your Main Street for this contest that was coming up. So, I did! I submitted the Placerville nomination (don’t know if anyone else did) and submitted some text along with my nomination,” stated Bill Robinson in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat. “The text they had online looked similar in some ways to my text, so the nomination could have been mine.”

Robinson wasn’t informed that Placerville had been selected and only found out on June 29 when the magazine hit the news stand. “I had not heard anything about it since the nomination and didn’t know we were one of the finalists until that day. When I got home, I sent out an e-mail to all PDA (Placerville Downtown Association) members and made several postings on Facebook in hopes we might be able to continue into the next round.” He also sent an e-mail to City Manager Cleve Morris.

“I didn’t see it until Monday,” said Morris. “It’s really a shame we didn’t know about it earlier so we could vote.”

Others, reading the announcement, also alerted friends, but with voting time limited to one day and ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, there wasn’t much time to get the vote out. Placerville lost out to McMinnville, Ore. McMinnville also passed Round 2 voting on June 30 and went on to  the semifinals, competing against Ellicott City, Md.; Siloam Springs, Ark.; and Collierville, Tenn. The final vote between McMinnville and Collierville was taken on Wednesday, July 2, and the grand winner will be revealed and featured in Parade’s Aug. 17 cover story, along with a  mention of each of the 16 original contenders. 

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

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