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Durant gets ready for reality TV spotlight

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Signs in Durant welcome the hosts of the Small Business Revolution TV reality show. (KTEN) Signs in Durant welcome the hosts of the Small Business Revolution TV reality show. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- If you've been to Durant recently, you can almost feel the excitement bubbling from every corner of the city.

The Small Business Revolution TV reality show will be coming to Durant next Tuesday. Durant is one of 10 finalists in the program's competition for a $500,000 grant to revive the downtown district.

From signs to storefronts, #MyDurant fever has taken over the city. 

"I see signs throughout Durant," said resident Pamela Couch. "I see billboards, and Facebook is filled Facebook comments."

Durant is competing with nine other small American cities for the half-million dollar makeover after the list was narrowed from thousands of applicants.

"Now the show's host Amanda Brinkman and the producers are coming to our area and the other Top 10 towns to decide who's in the Top 5," Imagine Durant executive director Kara Byrd said.

From #MyDurant shirts to creative storefront displays, it's been all hands on deck to show off Durant's excitement and charm.

"For the Small Business Revolution to come in, we've redone the landscaping,  as well as revamp the inside of the store and promote #MyDurant," Bliss Boutique manager Julie Parker said.

The city plans to hold a rally for the film crew on Tuesday night, and everyone is invited to show their support.

"My youngest daughter will be there, and my oldest son, he will be in the Durant marching band, they will all be in uniform, and ready to cheer on and welcome the new people in our town... we cant wait,"  Couch said.

All the excitement has not only made Durant a top contender, but a stronger community.

"It;s incredible to see our community come together and rally," Byrd said. "Even if we don't make it to the Top 5, it's been amazing to see our community get the support that it has."

The Small Business Revolution will announce the Top 5 finalists in mid-February. Then viewers will choose the winner, to be announced at the end of next month. The program is broadcast on the Hulu streaming service.

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