Fostering culture, community and economic vitality in Winchester's historic downtown business district since 1980.


Our Mission

Main Street Winchester, formerly known as Winchester First, is dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Winchester, KY. We are committed to fostering a vibrant downtown community that celebrates its unique traditions, historic architecture, and the community's entrepreneurial spirit. We are proud to be accredited by the Kentucky Main Street program and  Main Street America.

Our partners, board members, and staff are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers.  We work every day to make our community better - catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride in our community.

Main Street Winchester is guided by a board of eleven community members.  The MSW board is devoted to  planning, promoting, and preserving the downtown business district - the hub of our community – for the greater good of the business, professional, social, cultural and service activities located within the defined downtown area.

Learn more about the Main Street Winchester Advisory Board

Main Street Winchester has achieved success, assisted with and completed many heralded projects and leveraged a great deal of private investment. Building on past accomplishments, the future looks even brighter.
— Robert Blanton, Clark County Magistrate

What We've Achieved With our partners

  • Created the one and only Beer Cheese Festival in the world, which draws crowds from all over the country

  • Burial of power lines on Main Street and Wall Alley

  • Sponsored the creation of 5 beautiful murals celebrating our community and heritage in the downtown district

  • For information about the Downtown Development Master Plan we are currently working on, click here