Tulsa, Okla. (Oct. 17, 2014) – The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Tulsa International Mayfest on Sept. 29, 2014 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, in Kansas City, Mo. Mayfest received four awards in the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. Awards received include:


Gold     –    Best ad series (created by Bryan Cooper)

Silver    –    Best T-shirt design (created by Bryan and Phill Cooper)

Silver   –    Best press/media kit

Bronze –    Best commemorative poster (created by Phill Cooper)


This is the eighth year Mayfest organizers entered Mayfest into the Pinnacle awards.  Over the past years, Mayfest entries won multiple awards per year in various categories.


“The Pinnacle awards showcase some of the best events from across the world,” said Heather Pingry, executive director of Mayfest. “We are thrilled to receive recognition among leaders in our industry, and we also enjoy the opportunity to showcase Tulsa to event planners from across the world in this competition.”


Sponsored by industry leader 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 Bumbershoot in Seattle, Wash.; Boulevardia in Kansas City, Mo.; Denver Comic Con in Denver, Colo.; Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, Pa.; Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in Temecula, Calif.; National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC and Luminato Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


“We are extremely pleased to receive so many awards this year,” said Mary Jo Sartain, Mayfest festival chair.  “We are especially thrilled that the Cooper family was recognized in three different awards, as they have dedicated many hours of service to Mayfest over the years.  Their contributions, and contributions from other local artists, are what make Mayfest such a wonderful event.”


The 2014 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 North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow, Poland; Hero Insolito in New Delhi, India; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Seoul Cartoon & Animation Festival in Seoul, South Korea.


“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced 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 International Festivals & Events Association

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & 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.