In the past, Main Street has been involved in organizing the first Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festivals, helped with recycle center relocation/expansion, getting Downtown Elkin Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places, downtown clean-up days, architectural hunt, photo documented all downtown businesses, assisted with publishing the Historic Downtown Elkin Walking Tour brochure, established façade grant guidelines, manage the $50,000 Façade Grant donation from Yadkin Valley Bank, assistance with technical advise for façade rehabilitations, support for new business start ups, worked with the National Park Service to establish the walking path for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Municipal District Tax (MSD) established, “Historic Downtown Elkin” directional signage (1st MSD project), selected Elkin individuals for NC Main Street Champions, celebrated grand-openings with ribbon cutting ceremonies, Pilot for Start with your Heart walking path programs, assisted with establishment of Farmers Market (held Saturdays 9 am-noon- see below), hosted Austin Healey Appalachian Moonshine Rally each June, launched cardboard recycling in downtown along with roll-out cart trash collection, sidewalk and parking lot renovations, hosted “Visioning” and Charette team, established design guidelines for downtown.
In 2013, Elkin's downtown Main Street was awarded "Great Place in the Making" by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association. Their NC Great Places initiative focused on Main Streets and neighborhoods throughout North Carolina and what makes them special. Please check the website www.nc-apa.org for more information. Photos will be updated soon, highlighting Elkin.
In 2014, Elkin was in the top 10 America's Coolest Small Town from Budget Travels annual contest, and shortly after, was named in the Top 50 Best Downtown's in America. http://www.bestchoicereviews.org/50-best-small-town-downtowns-in-america/
The Elkin Farmers Market is another special event held every year from April through October, and is located in Elkin Town Hall's public parking lot. Elkin's Main Street Advisory Board sponsors events at the market, such as Chef in the Market, Kids in the Kitchen, and weekly live music. For more information, go to www.elkinfarmersmarket.com.
The Main Street Advisory Board is very active in downtown revitalization efforts as well as beautification of the downtown historical buildings, parks and streets. They also assist downtown organizations in funding events and marketing. The public is welcome to attend their meetings anytime. They meet during the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 8:30 am, in the Chamber of Commerce board room. For more information, go to www.elkinmainstreet.com.
For a current listing of events from Historical Downtown Elkin to the surrouding vineyards and wineries, please go to www.whatsupinElkinNC.com. You'll find a variety of photos and up to the minute information on events, live music, festivals and more. You can also follow us on our website at www.elkinmainstreet.com or on facebook by going to Elkin NC (government page) and whatsupinElkinNC.com facebook pages to stay connected.