Mayfest Wins IFEA Pinnacle Awards

The International Festivals & Events Association paid tribute to Tulsa’s Mayfest on Sept. 21, 2012 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 57th Annual Convention & Expo in Denver, Colo. Mayfest organizers received seven awards in the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. Awards were won in the following categories:

Gold – Best Sponsor (MidFirst Bank, presenting sponsor)
Gold – Best Ad Series (ad creation donated by Bryan Cooper)
Gold – Best Sponsor Follow Up Report
Gold – Best Single New Sponsorship Program (3D Muve Music Wonderwall sponsored by Cricket Communications and produced by GuRuStu Group)
Gold – Best Press/Media Kit
Silver – Best Commemorative Poster (created by Otto Deucker)
Bronze – Best T-shirt Design

This is the sixth year Mayfest organizers entered Mayfest into the Pinnacle awards. In 2011, Mayfest received two awards in best press/media kit and best miscellaneous multimedia for the mobile map designed by GuRuStu. This set of awards represents the most awards won by Mayfest in a given year.

“The Pinnacle awards showcase some of the best events from around the world,” said Heather Pingry, executive director of Mayfest. “Not only are we thrilled to be recognized among leaders in our industry, but we are able to showcase Tulsa to event planners from across the globe.”

Mary Jo Sartain, festival chair for Mayfest, said, “we are especially pleased to bring home the Best Sponsor award for MidFirst Bank, our presenting sponsor. MidFirst’s support for the past nine years is the reason we are able to continue to produce this high-quality event.”

Sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston, Texas; Norfolk Festevents, Norfolk, Va.; 500 Festival, Indianapolis, Ind.; Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, Ohio; Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colo.; and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, Calif.

The 2012 Mayfest attracted approximately 350,000 attendees over four days. The art festival offers vendors selling arts and handmade goods, various art shows, live music and food vendors.

International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the Hanseong Bakje Cultural Festival, Seoul, Korea; Showtime Events, New Delhi, India; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Krakow Festival Office, Krakow, Poland; Rotterdam Festivals, The Netherlands; Festival Lent, Slovenia and Shambhala Music Festival, Nelson, BC, Canada.

Awards were handed out in 69 different categories in total including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site, Event Program; Commemorative Poster; Overall Sponsorship Program; Environmental Program; Educational Program, Children’s Programming; Media Relations Campaign; Overall Merchandising Program; Festival & Event Management Degree Programs to the highest award reflecting the best overall festival & event in the world – the Grand Pinnacle.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

About Tulsa International Mayfest
Tulsa International Mayfest is a family friendly outdoor tribute to the arts and music created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, celebrating 41 years of Mayfest, on May 16-19, 2013. Mayfest is presented by MidFirst Bank.

About International Festivals & Events Association
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association is the premiere association supporting and enabling festival and event professionals worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.
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