Forge, TN – March 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / The Pigeon
Forge (Tenn.) Department of Tourism claimed eight Kaleidoscope Awards
in recognition of the city’s special events during the 14th annual Southeast
Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) conference in Lexington, Ky., in
Pigeon Forge’s 2016 Saddle
Up festival, a celebration of the Western lifestyle, claimed four Silver
Awards and one Bronze Award. Saddle Up’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff was recognized
with one of the Silver Awards for best event within an event. The outdoor-focused
Wilderness Wildlife Week was recognized with one Silver Award and a Bronze
Award for best event within an event for Appalachian Homecoming’s Cades
Cove Preservation Association Picnic Dinner fundraiser. A Mountain Quiltfest,
which features displays and dozens of classes, earned a Bronze Award.
“The quality of submissions
continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges
to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, SFEA executive director.
“Pigeon Forge’s special events
are entertaining and educational and give our guests even more reasons
to visit,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department
of Tourism. “We are certainly appreciative of SFEA’s award-winning recognition.”
Pigeon Forge’s 2017 Wilderness
Wildlife Week takes place May 9-13. For more information, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.
SFEA is a 501 (c) 6 membership-based
organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry
service providers. It was founded in 2009 to strengthen the festival and
event industry throughout the southeastern U.S. by hosting educational
sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events
throughout the year; thus, allowing for continued professional growth within
the festivals and events industry.
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