Forge, TN – September 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / In recognition
of the city’s special events, the Pigeon
Forge (Tenn.) Department of Tourism claimed 25 Pinnacle Awards from
the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA). For the second
consecutive year, Wilderness Wildlife Week was awarded the Grand Pinnacle
Award for Best Event/Festival.
The Grand Pinnacle is the
highest award given by the IFEA. The professional competition recognizes
the most outstanding examples of quality and creativity in the festivals
and events industry.
Wildlife Week received a record-setting 16 Pinnacle Awards, including
gold for best green program for projects with budgets less than $500,000.
The outdoor-focused event
won five silver awards, including best community outreach program, and
six bronze awards, with one for best event/program (for the Appalachian
Homecoming) within an event to benefit a cause.
A Mountain Quiltfest took
home seven honors, including three gold, two silver and two bronze awards.
Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon
Cookoff won two Pinnacle Awards. The outdoor food event won a silver award
for best food and beverage program and a bronze for best community outreach
“Pigeon Forge’s unprecedented
show at this year’s IFEA Awards continues to underscore the caliber of
events we offer folks,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon
Forge Department of Tourism. “We’re especially honored that Wilderness
Wildlife Week won a second Grand Pinnacle Award. This overall recognition
certainly speaks to the efforts that our special events staff, volunteers
and special guests contribute to all of our city’s special events.”
“IFEA features 71 different
categories, and entries represent events from all around the world,” said
Butch Helton, Pigeon Forge special events manager. “This incredible diversity
makes our Pigeon Forge awards all the more meaningful. It’s an honor for
Wilderness Wildlife Week, A Mountain Quiltfest and Chuck Wagon Cookoff
to be recognized among such fine company again this year.”
Other winners at the 2017
convention included the 500 Festival in Indianapolis; the Philadelphia
Flower Show; the Fiesta Bowl in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Singapore Garden
Festival, and the Rotterdam Festivals in The Netherlands.
This year’s IFEA awards presentation
was Sept. 14 in Tucson, Arizona, during the organization’s 62nd convention.
For information about all
aspects of Pigeon Forge, visit MyPigeonForge.com
or call toll-free to 800-251-9100.
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