September 18, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (September 18, 2013) – The 500 Festival announced today it earned 23 industry honors from the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA). Earning top honors, the 500 Festival secured a Silver Grand Pinnacle, meaning it was recognized one of the best festivals in the world. In addition, this marks the fifth consecutive year that a 500 Festival event has been recognized in the Best Event category (2013 Silver: Parade; 2012 Bronze: Kids’ Day; 2011 Gold: Mini-Marathon, Silver: Parade, Bronze: Community Day; 2010 Gold: Parade; 2009 Bronze: Mini-Marathon). The awards were distributed Monday during the IFEA Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 58th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“We are very proud to be considered among the best festival organizations in the world,” said Bob Bryant, President and CEO, 500 Festival. “The recognition from within the industry is a testament to the hard work of the staff, volunteers, board members, sponsor partners and the Indianapolis community that embraces and participates in 500 Festival events.”
The 500 Festival received the following IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards:
Silver Grand Pinnacle Award:
Gold Pinnacle Awards:
Silver Pinnacle Awards:
Bronze Pinnacle Awards:
Winning Pinnacle entries came from organizations as diverse as The Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, Ky.; The Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, Calif. and Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colo. International contenders included such diverse event organizations as Geumsan Insam Festival, Geumsan-gun, South Korea and World Gourmet Summit, Singapore. Entries included posters, merchandise, websites, print and broadcast ads, volunteer programs, community outreach programs and many other categories.
Each year, the IFEA recognizes outstanding examples of quality and creativity in the promotional programs and materials produced by its 2,400 member festivals and events around the world. More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year from the world’s top festivals and events.
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) is a non-profit membership organization with members spanning 40 countries and five continents, and offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. Visit www.ifea.com for additional details.
The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 57 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation. The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.