Posted by Terry Everett on May 08, 2019
      Donna Dow, Main Street Director, spoke on the different things happening in downtown Denison.  She pointed out they are having a 30 year anniversary celebration which took place on May 14th.  Denison was one of Texas' first Main Street programs, established in 1989.
      It was about this same time that the railroad was leaving Denison and the new highway was taking traffic away from downtown Denison.  Times were tough for downtown Denison but the have done nothing but get better ever since.
      This past Saturday, the 9th annual Bark & Paws and D.A.W.G. 5K was held.  The morning began with the DAWG 5K which benefits the Denison Animal Welfare Group.  They had several contests which included wiener dog races, small dog races, tail wagging contest for dogs with long and short tails, ugliest dog, a Master/Dog look-alike, dress-alike and best dressed "Luau" theme.  They also had a retrieving contest, an obstacle course, most obedient, most talented, biggest dog, smallest dog, oldest dog farthest travel and of course a Best of Show contest.  Entertainment was provided by Shawna Rains Entertainment Group.
      The Denison Arts Council held their second Admire, Walk & Wine event on May 11th in the historic district of downtown Denison.  Local artists and musicians shared their art with attendees in many of the popular downtown retail stores while they stroll from store to store sipping wine and enjoying the great variety of art on display.
      So you might have missed a couple events, but there is plenty more ahead throughout the summer as they host "Music on Main".  This is a free live music series held on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. from May 24 through July 26 with a special Thursday, July 4th concert.  For a list of bands and updated information you can check them out online at or  Donna added that you can also listen to free live music in Sherman on Thursday nights.
      Streets in downtown Denison will have a new look before long.  If you have lived in the area a while you may recall the streets in downtown Denison going from straight to serpentine back to straight. They renovations will consist of a straight street without curbs.  It will be more appealing as the sidewalks will be widened, the landscaping and lighting will be updated, and benches added.  They plan to encourage more outdoor dining as a result.
      Most of the buildings downtown are either occupied or under construction.  All businesses will be open during construction.