What’s Hometown Pride?
Hometown Pride is a grant program that highlights what makes the town and community that your c-store supports special. Which attractions bring your community together or puts your town on the map? This could include unique events, landmarks, places, groups or traditions. Although we love original and creative ideas, below are some examples for inspiration.
Considering a submission? Here are some questions to ideate:
- What special events, landmarks or features bring your community together?
- What unique community event or tradition celebrates your hometown’s history, present or future?
- Does your community have any legends that locals are proud of or that tourists flock to see?
Please be sure to upload any photos along with your story. We’d love to see what makes your town unique!
Ready to tell us what makes your community unique?
Past Hometown Pride Winners
Hometown Pride is all about celebrating community. The Cenex brand has honored many events, landmarks, attractions and traditions to date. Each have received a $5,000 grant to support local efforts and continue the celebration. In total, Cenex donated $100,000 to hometowns in 2019.
ARC Park in Hays, KS
ARC Park aims to give a space for children with all abilities to learn, grow and play. An accessible playground, splash pad and baseball field will bring children and families of Kansas together.
Eagle Watching in Sauk City, WI
Hundreds of people gather in the winter months to watch eagles soar along the Wisconsin River. Each January, the town hosts Eagle Watching Days for bird watchers to celebrate our national bird.
100 Years of Pheasant Hunting in Redfield, SD
Known as the pheasant hunting capital of the world, Redfield has become an epicenter for generations of hunting families during opening weekend. In 2019, the tradition celebrates its one hundredth year, or its “Pheasantennial.”
The Geographic Center of North America in Rugby, ND
A monument marks what is known as the center of North America. Nearby is the Prairie Village Museum that celebrates the history of the region and emphasizes the community’s commitment to local businesses.
110-foot Elevator Mural and 1925 Carousel in Faulkton, SD
A two-for-one deal: Faulkton hosts both a 110-foot grain elevator mural painted by Australian artist Guido VanHelten and a nearly 100 year-old carousel still in operation every summer.
Neewollah in Independence, KS
One hundred years ago, Neewollah (Halloween backwards) started as a way to keep playful pranksters out of mischief on Halloween night. Now it is a week-long event that gathers people from across the state.
Storybook Land in Aberdeen, SD
From the Humpty Dumpty roller coaster to a Wizard of Oz balloon ride, this free nursery rhyme amusement park brings families together in the summer months.
Baileyville Benefit Basketball Tournament and Fundraiser in Seneca, KS
Each winter, hundreds gather to participate in a basketball and volleyball tournament and auction to raise money that helps local families in need. In 2018, $130,000 was raised and split between four deserving Kansas families.
Fourth of July Turtle Races in Sterling, KS
Many towns use fireworks and parades to celebrate the Fourth of July, but in Sterling the holiday also includes decorating and racing Kansas Box turtles. Grant winnings were used by Sterling’s volunteer fire department.
Annual Threshing Bee in Donnelly, MN
To honor Donnelly’s history of agriculture, the annual Threshing Bee celebration includes threshing competitions, antique tractor pulls, and live chain saw carving.
King Turkey Day in Worthington, MN
This long-standing tradition celebrates the abundance of wild turkeys in southern Minnesota. Each year, turkeys from Worthington and Cuero, Texas race for the title of the Great Gobbler Gallop.
Dickens Village Festival in Garrison, ND
For nearly 30 years, this three-weekend festival turns Garrison into the Christmas Capitol of North Dakota. The event features horse-drawn carriages, an authentic English double decker bus, a lighted parade and live performances of A Christmas Carol.
Authentic Danish Windmill in Kenmare, ND
Built in 1902 by a Danish immigrant farmer, this beautiful windmill fell victim to arson in the winter of 2019. Since then, the community’s park district has raised funds to restore the town’s valued landmark.
Pelican Pete in Pelican Rapids, MN
Pelican Pete is a 15-foot-6-inch statue that was built in 1957 and holds the title of world’s largest pelican. Pete is an area landmark and frequent photo-op for tourists.
Willie Walleye in Baudette, MN
Willie the Walleye is a 40-foot, 2.5-ton fish that was built in 1957 and has come to symbolize the Lake of the Woods, an area that is heavily trafficked by local and traveling anglers.
Avenue of Flags in Holstein, IA
A Holstein avenue is lined with nearly 450 flags, each privately purchased and dedicated to military veterans who have connections to the community.
Kid Day in Benson, MN
A tradition that dates back to the 1930s, Kid Day celebrates the youth of small-town America. The event draws kids from across the state for a fun-filled day including a parade, carnival, live music, kid royalty and more.
The Community Band in Meire Grove, MN
The Meire Grove Community Band has been playing since 1883, making it the longest continually- playing band in the state of Minnesota.
Antique Carousel in Story City, IA
This 100-year-old, hand-carved wooden carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was honored by the National Carousel Association. It was purchased in 1938 and has nearly 20,000 riders each summer.