The best and brightest were spotlighted this week at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s Kaleidoscope Awards, in Murfreesboro, TN on February 26th. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 15th Annual SFEA Conference. Top festivals and events throughout the southeast were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the events industry.
“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, executive director for SFEA. “Of course, to ‘win gold,’ becomes all the sweeter when there is additional competition and the recognition a festival receives for winning is priceless.”
The name “kaleidoscope” was selected due to the colors in the logo image that represent the many different elements and facets within festivals and events. A call for entries was posted last fall and all southeast festivals and events were encouraged to participate. A panel of experts in event planning, marketing and tourism spent an entire day reviewing the entries from eight states. The judges looked for originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the community.
Winterfest, Inc. producers of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – the World’s Most Watch Boat Parade – headquartered in Broward County, Florida, won in multiple Kaleidoscope Award Categories. The 2017 Winterfest poster painted by local Fort Lauderdale artist, April Renee Kirk, won silver in the promotional poster division. The Parade’s television commercials produced by WSVN, Channel 7, won Bronze and the Winterfest Black Tie Ball digital invitation won Silver produced by Blue Truck Media, Inc.
The Kaleidoscope Awards were sponsored by Classic Tents & Events, Norcross, GA and Pit Stop Portable Restroom Company, Marietta, GA. Classic Tents’ representative Karen Alcock and Pit Stop representatives Brett and Amanda Roques presented the awards to the winners.
“Panthers in the Park” Winterfest Family Fun Day and Ice Skating Experience – November 25th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
FREE activities for kids of all ages! Look for the brand new giant Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express, Catabella Express, SunSentinel Kids Town, activities from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Win prizes from South Florida Ford, Face Painting, Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, the Danielle Pet Rescue Row, photo opps with Santa and mascots, complimentary bicycle helmets from Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, virtual reality experience from iFLY and the ultimate Plinko game from Southwest Airlines. Get samples from LaCroix, RX Bar, Power Crunch, Nesquik, Gogo Squeeze Gogurtz and so much more. Enjoy the sounds of the Shane Duncan Band bringing us back in time to the 80s along with special performances by School of Rock, the South Florida Cloggers and other guests. Get your ice skating on with a REAL ice rink from the Florida Panthers (fee to skate). There will be food and beverages for sale. A perfect day on the river for the entire family.
A REAL Ice Rink *Fee to skate
Photo opps: Stanley thePanther, Santa
WSVN Channel 7, SunnyTV, and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com on-location
Get your tickets today to see this year’s WOW Showboats!
In honor of this year’s theme “TV’s Greatest Hits” – Winterfest will have an American Bandstand Barge in the Parade December 13, 2014. Get ready to start singing “I’m on, because I’m on the American Bandstand.”
And what would the Parade be without Santa. The Baptist Health South Florida Showboat will have additional holiday cheer with the nominees of the Winterfest Jr. Captain aboard the entry.
President and CEO Lisa Scott-Founds received a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating her on her achievements, dedication and passion for Winterfest.
The framed letter was given to Ms. Founds during the GrayRobinson, P.A. Winterfest White Party presented by Publix prior to the announcement of the 2014 Grand Marshal for the Parade Flo Rida on Saturday, November 15, 2014.