At the RedBud Awards, Shawnee grabs the top honors

 Wednesday, July 7, 2021 

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Visit Shawnee, the tourism department for the City of Shawnee, is swollen with pride to declare a Shawnee area event and attraction has received the highest tourism honors of Oklahoma, the Redbud awards 2021.


On June 29th, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association (OTIA) had organized its annual RedBud Awards at the Edmond Conference Center. This year’s awards were emceed by Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell and Jennifer Reynolds. The awards recognize the top tourism attractions of Oklahoma, events, programs and organizations for exceptional efforts to promote the tourism industry of this cowboy culture US state.


This year, awards were a bit different, as it got cancelled last year. The period of activity of note was expanded beyond 2020 to include both 2019 and 2020.


Uncanny Comic Expo was awarded the “Best New Event” RedBud. At present, Uncanny Comic Expo is in its third year. The event is moving to the Grand Casino Resort just west of Shawnee on I-40 after much success at FireLake Arena.


To quote Uncanny Comic Expo director, Dr. Peter Purin, “As a vendor and attendee of San Diego Comic Con, I wanted to bring a comic con to my hometown. I have strived to make it the best mid-sized con in the region with tickets that are affordable for a family, vendor fees that allow vendors to make money, special tickets for veterans. We also support local school art, drama, and music programs as we see comic books, cosplay, gaming, and related interests as expressions of and gateways to the Fine Arts. Most of us have a nerd-side, but Uncanny includes elements for other interests, too.”

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