A handfull of McPherson commercial groups and businesses pulled in awards at the Kansas  Downtown Symposium Main Street Awards of Excellence. The event, held last week in Independence, saw the city take in four difference awards. The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau received a community award for their work on the mural project in downtown McPherson, while McPherson Main Street received recognition for Excellence in Fundraising for their annual Burnin’ Down Main chili cook-off. In addition, Gina and Larry Venable, owners of Venable Jewelers, received an award for Excellence in Architectural Design for their business, and an additional award was given for Excellence in Downtown Planning and Public Space Design — Julia J. Mingenback Foundation for the courthouse lighting project. The  symposium draws a crowd of a few hundred business and community leaders together each year to network and celebrate one anothers’ accomplishments. Individual main street communities from Kansas cities nominate groups and businesses for awards, with winners chosen by an awards committee in Topeka at the Kansas Main Street headquarters.