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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nomination form by clicking here.


Early-bird deadline: December 15, 2017 (save $20 per nomination)
Regular deadline: January 19, 2018

Start saving materials (articles, photos, ads and collateral) to back up your submission for 2018’s awards.


2017 Kaleidoscope Awards sponsored by
Classic Tents & Events and Pitstop - The Portable Restroom Company


Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival, Jekyll Island, GA


Remembering WW II, Linden, TN


Beer Blues & Brats, Discovery Park of America, 
Union City, TN


North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead, NC


Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin, TN


Paducah Dragon Boat Festival, Paducah, KY


Rock'N Ribville, Lawrenceville, GA


Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN

2017 Winners

Best Festival – with a budget over $75,000

Gold       Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival      Jekyll Island, GA

Silver           Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival           Conyers, GA

Bronze         Spring Into Summer Salutes Fort Campbell      Oak Grove, KY

Best Festival – with a budget under $75,000

Gold            Remembering WW II                     Linden, TN

Silver           Paducah Dragon Boat Festival          Paducah, KY

Bronze         Rock'N Ribville                        City of Lawrenceville, GA

Best New Event

Gold            Southern Nights Festival, Discovery Park             Union City, TN

Silver           Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails                   Suwanee, GA

Bronze         Home Town Christmas Parade         City of Lawrenceville, GA

Best Sponsor

Gold            Mike Rinker, Discovery Park of America         Union City, TN

Silver           Chappell Hometown Market, NBPF       Centerville, TN

Bronze         TN Soybean Council/Board & Association         Martin, TN

Bronze      Kicks 101.5                                                       Duluth, GA

Best Volunteer

Gold            The Charles Shough Family, Remembering World War II                                                                                                               Linden, TN

Silver           Suzanne Harper, TN Soybean Festival           Martin, TN

Best TV Ad or PSA

Gold           Beer Blues & Brats, Discovery Park of America   Union City, TN

Silver         Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music     Bristol, TN

Bronze       Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival                         Conyers, GA

Best Website

Gold          North Carolina Whirligig Festival                   Wilson, NC

Silver         Deep Roots Festival                          Milledgeville, GA

Bronze       Remembering WW II                                    Linden, TN

Best Social Media Marketing

Gold          Mannequin Challenge, Discovery Park of America  

Union City, TN

Silver        Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music   Bristol, TN

Bronze      North Carolina Whirligig Festival                       Wilson, NC

Best Other Merchandise

Gold         Poster Puzzle, Jurassic Journey, Discovery Park of America     

Union City, TN

Silver         Mason Jar Mug, Wilderness Wildlife Week      Pigeon Forge, TN

Bronze       Pottery Bowl, Mountain Quiltfest                      Pigeon Forge

Best Vendor/Supplier

Gold          Tyson Foods of Martin TN, TN Soybean Festival        Martin, TN

Silver         Volunteer Distributing, Discovery Park of Am.    Union City, TN

Best Event Program

Gold             Remembering WW II                                     Linden, TN

Silver           Saddle Up                                                      Pigeon Forge, TN

Bronze         Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music   Bristol, TN

Best Promotional Poster

Gold            Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival               Jekyll Island, GA

Silver           Remembering WW II                                     Linden, TN

Bronze         Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music   Bristol, TN

Bronze         Saddle Up                                    Pigeon Forge, TN

Best Print Ad

Gold           Discovery Park of America                               Union City, TN

Silver         North Carolina Seafood Festival                        Morehead, NC

Bronze       Suwanee Fest                                                      Suwanee, GA

Best Festival or Event Video

Gold         North Carolina Seafood Festival                         Morehead, NC

Silver        Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails                     Suwanee, GA

Bronze       Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Birthplace of Country Music   Bristol, TN

Best Marketing Campaign

Gold            Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival                          Conyers, GA

Silver           Beer Blues & Brats, Discovery Park of America  Union City, TN

Best Event Photograph

Gold             Hometown Christmas Parade                      Lawrenceville, GA

Gold             Polar Express, Discovery Park of America    Union City, TN

Silver           Saddle Up                                                   Pigeon Forge, TN

Bronze         Remembering WW II                                  Linden, TN

Best T-Shirt

Gold            North Carolina Seafood Festival                 Morehead, NC

Gold           Remembering WW II                                   Linden, TN

Silver           Saddle Up                                                Pigeon Forge, TN

Bronze         TN Soybean Festival                                Martin, TN

Best Event within an Event

Gold             S.T.E.A.M., Fridays in Duluth Food Truck Event     Duluth, GA

Silver           Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Saddle Up                 Pigeon Forge, TN

Bronze         Appalachian Homecoming, Wilderness Wildlife Week             Pigeon Forge, TN

Best Creative Idea

Gold            TN Soybean Festival Martin, TN

Silver           Remembering WW II          Linden, TN

Bronze         Suwanee Fest Suwanee, GA

Best Children’s Program

Gold            Tennessee Soybean Festival                               Martin, TN

Silver           Remembering WW II                                        Linden, TN

Bronze         Butterfly Festival                                          Oak Grove, KY


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