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Kaleidoscope Awards

Designed to recognize the marketing, programming and overall event, the SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards acknowledge the highest level of achievement in the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States. Gain the recognition your event, volunteers, staff and sponsors deserve.

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Early-bird deadline: December 14, 2018 (save $20 per nomination)
Regular deadline: January 11, 2019

Start saving materials (articles, photos, ads and collateral) to back up your submission for 2019’s awards.


2018 Kaleidoscope Awards sponsored by
Classic Tents & Events and Pitstop - The Portable Restroom Company


Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville NC


ChristmasVille - Winter Wonderland, RockHill, SC


North Carolina Black Bear Festival, Plymouth, NC


Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN


Remembering WW II, Linden, TN


Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, Conyers, GA


Boom Days Heritage Festival, Fort Payne, AL


Merry Shrimpmas, Jekyll Island, GA


Glow in the Park, Suwanne, GA

2018 Winners

Best Festival – with a budget over $75,000

Gold        Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville, NC

Gold ChristmasVille, Rock Hill, SC

Silver           Riverfest, Clarksville, TN

Bronze         Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, Conyers, GA

Bronze Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Best Festival – with a budget under $75,000

Gold            North Carolina Black Bear Festival, Plymouth, NC

Silver           Remembering WW II, Linden, TN

Bronze         Paducah Dragon Boat Festival, Paducah, KY  

Best New Event

Gold            Smores 'N Snores, Duluth, GA

Silver           Glow in the Park, Suwanee, GA

Silver Merry Shrimpmas, Jekyll Island, GA

Bronze         Tennessee STEAM Festival, Murfreesboro, TN

Best Sponsor

Gold             Prairie Farms, National Banana Pudding Festival, Centerville, TN

Silver           Crosswind Church, Discovery Park of America, 

Union City, TN

Bronze         Times-Journal Newspaper, Boom Days Heritage Festival, Fort Payne, AL

Best Volunteer

Gold            Thomas Wilson, Remembering World War II, Linden, TN   

Silver           Dr. John Oelrich, TN Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Bronze Suwanee Youth Leaders, Suwanee Fest, Suwanee, GA

Best TV Ad or PSA

Gold           Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Silver         Winterfest Blacktie Invite, Winterfest, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bronze       Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, Conyers, GA

Bronze Winterfest  Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Best Website

Gold           Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Silver         Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville, NC

Silver North Carolina Black Bear Festival, Plymouth, NC

Bronze       Merry Shrimpmas, Jekyll Island, GA

Best Social Media Marketing

Gold           Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Silver         North Carolina Black Bear Festival, Plymouth, NC

Bronze       ChristmasVille - Winter Wonderland, Rock Hill, SC

Best Other Merchandise

Gold          Thimble, Mountain Quiltfest, Pigeon Forge, TN

Silver          Mug, Foodtruck Rollout & Railfest, Greer, SC

Bronze       Socks, Boom Days Heritage Festival, Fort Payne, AL

Best Vendor/Supplier

Gold           Union City Coca Cola, TN Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Silver         Little Caesars of Union City, Discovery Park of America, Union City, TN

Bronze Classic Tents & Events, Suwanee Fest, Suwanee, GA

Best Event Program

Gold             Wilderness Wild Life Week, Pigeon Forge, TN

Gold Mountain Quiltfest, Pigeon Forge, TN

Silver           Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Bronze         ChristmasVille, Rock Hill, SC

Bronze Remembering WW II, Linden, TN

Best Promotional Poster

Gold            Boom Days Heritage Festival, Fort Payne, AL

Silver           Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bronze         Remembering WW II, Linden, TN

Best Print Ad

Gold           Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Silver         World's Longest Yard Sale, Gadsden, AL

Bronze       North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead, NC

Bronze Butterfly Festival, Oak Grove, KY

Best Festival or Event Video

Gold         Boom Days Heritage Festival, Fort Payne, AL

Gold Remembering WW II, Linden, TN

Silver         ChristmasVille - Winter Wonderland, Rock Hill, SC

Bronze        North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead, NC

Best Marketing Campaign

Gold Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Silver             Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, Conyers, GA

Bronze           Bugs Traveling Exhibition, Discovery Park of America, 
Union City, TN

Best Event Photograph

Gold             Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, Conyers, GA

Silver           Civil War Days, Discovery Park of America, Union City, TN

Bronze         Dining Downtown, Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department, Clarksville, TN

Best T-Shirt

Gold           North Carolina Black Bear Festival, Plymouth, NC

Silver           North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead, NC

Bronze         North Carolina Pickle Festival, Mount Olive, NC

Best Event within an Event

Gold             Kids' Noon Year's Eve Party, Discovery Park of America, Union City, TN

Silver           Home Grown Harvest Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Bronze         Silent Quilt Auction, Mountain Quiltfest, Pigeon Forge, TN

Best Creative Idea

Gold            Merry Shrimpmas, Jekyll Island, GA

Silver           Remembering WW II, Linden, TN

Silver          Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Bronze Escape Room, Discovery Park of America, Union City, TN

Best Children’s Program

Gold            Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN

Silver           Suwanee Fest, Suwanee, GA

Bronze         Butterfly Festival, Oak Grove, KY


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