Published On: Tue, Feb 23rd, 2010
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Tribe wins Big at Southeast Festivals & Events Conference

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EBCI Marketing and Promotions staff (left-right) Robert Jumper, Sharri Pheasant and Janice Wildcatt hold the awards the division won at the recent Southeast Festivals and Events Association conference. (Photos by Scott McKie B.P./One Feather)

Marietta, Ga. – The 7th Annual Southeast Festivals and Events Conference was held in Macon Ga., Feb. 15-17, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians walked away with four medals including two golds.

The Tribe won in the following categories: Gold – Best Event Photograph, Festival of Native Peoples; Gold – Best Event Program or Brochure, Cherokee Indian Fair; Bronze – Best Festival or Event under $75,000, Cherokee Fall Rod Run; and Silver – Best Festival or Event under $75,000, July Pow Wow.

In addition to those awards, the July Pow Wow and the Festival of Native Peoples and Cherokee Art Market were named “Top 20 Events in the Southeast”.  All of the events were planned and carried out by the EBCI Marketing & Promotion Division.  The Festival of Native Peoples was sponsored, in part, by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. 

“The conference was a huge success providing educational sessions and panel discussions to 150 event professionals”, said Wendy Thomas, SFEA Chairman. Thomas attributes the success to outstanding speakers and a well-rounded program plus a super core of volunteers.

Mary Jane Ferguson (left), EBCI Marketing and Promotions director, and Robert Jumper, Travel and Tourism program manager, hold certificates designating the Cherokee July Pow Wow and the Festival of Native Peoples as "Top 20 Southeast Events".

During the awards program, top festivals & events throughout the southeast were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the festivals and events industry by receiving the prestigious Kaleidoscope Award, which is sponsored by RCS Productions. The name Kaleidoscope was selected because the award committee felt the colors & changes in the image represent the many different festivals and facets within the events.

“The quality of submissions continues to go up each year making it harder and harder to choose only one winner”, says Carolyn Morris, Award Coordinator, SFEA. “It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your event or community and award those who have worked hard creating the perfect event or festival”

The full winners list includes:

Best Event Photograph

Bronze: City of Suwanee – City Hall Grand Opening

Silver: Atlanta Parent Magazine – Family Block Party

Gold: Eastern Band of Cherokee – Festival of Native Peoples

Best Event Within an Event

Bronze: The Georgia International Horse Park – Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival WildFlower Seedball Project

Silver: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival Pink Pancakes Breakfasts at Central City Park

Gold: City of Oak Ridge – Secret City Festival USO Style Variety Show

Best T-Shirt

Bronze: Stone Mountain Park – 41st Yellow Daisy Festival

Silver: The Georgia International Horse Park – Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

Gold: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Best Event Program or Brochure

Bronze: Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Silver: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Gold: Eastern Band of Cherokee – Cherokee Indian Fair

Best Promotional Poster

Bronze: Stone Mountain Park – 41st Annual Yellow Daisy Festival

Silver: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Gold: Bright Ideas Group – Arts on Riverdale/Macon Jazz Association

Best Pin or Button

Silver: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Gold: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Best Volunteer Program

Silver: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Gold: Dooly County Chamber – Big Pig Jig

Best Volunteer

Silver: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Gold: Stone Mountain Park – 41st Annual Yellow Daisy Festival

Best Website

Bronze: Decatur Arts Alliance – Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival

Silver: Taste of Atlanta

Gold: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials

Bronze: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Silver: City of Winchester – International Dogwood Festival

Gold: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Best Marketing Campaign

Bronze: Bright Ideas Group – Fired Works/Macon Arts

Silver: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Gold: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Best Single Print Ad

Bronze: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Silver: The Georgia International Horse Park – Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival

Gold: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Best Event Banner

Bronze: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Silver: Stone Mountain Park – 41st Annual Yellow Daisy Festival

Gold: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

Best Miscellaneous Clothing

Bronze: Dooly County Chamber – Big Pig Jig

Silver: City of Winchester – International Dogwood Festival

Gold: Bright Ideas Group – Taste of Music/Macon Arts

Best Other Merchandising

Bronze: Dooly County Chamber – Big Pig Jig

Silver: Stone Mountain Park – 41st Annual Yellow Daisy Festival

Gold: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Best Green Gig

Silver: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Gold: City of Oak Ridge – Secret City Festival

Best Solicitation Package

Bronze: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Silver: The Georgia International Horse Park – Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival

Gold: Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Best Sponsor

Bronze: City of Oak Ridge – Secret City Festival, EnergySolutions

Silver: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, Budweiser

Gold: City of Suwanee, Suwanee Day, Ippolito’s

Best Vendor or Supplier

Silver: City of Winchester – International Dogwood Festival, Home Depot

Gold: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, Dairyland Ice Cream

Best New Event

Bronze: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, Tunes and Balloons

Silver: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Milledgeville Marketplace Farmer’s Market

Gold: Atlanta Dogwood Festival – International/Community Stage

Best Festival or Event – Under $75,000

Bronze: Eastern Band of Cherokee – Cherokee Fall Rod Run

Silver: Eastern Band of Cherokee – July Pow Wow

Gold: The Georgia International Horse Park – The Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

Best Festival or Event – Over $75,000

Bronze: Taste of Atlanta

Silver: Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

Gold: Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority – Deep Roots Festival

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