The Festival is thrilled to announce that we were presented with 12 awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. an international award ceremony established by the International Festivals & Events Association

Awards were won in the following categories for the 2017 Festival, with our community partners credited below:

GOLD – Best New Event
Gospel Extravaganza, hosted by Smart, INC., who honored Macon hero Brooklyn Rouse at the event

GOLD – Most Creative/Effective News Stunt
13WMAZ’s Ben Jones live shot on a ride at the Festival at Central City Park

GOLD – Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Cause
The Macon-Bibb Fire Department’s Pink Pancake Breakfast, which benefits the American Cancer Society

GOLD – Best Event (within an existing Festival)
The Cherry Blossom Street Party.

SILVER – Best Sponsor Partner
Coca-Cola, our longest standing partnership.

SILVER- Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity
The Macon Transit Authority, who provide free shuttle rides to Central City Park and the Grand Finale

SILVER- Best Single/Digital Social Ad
The Cherry Blossom Street Party Ad

SILVER – Best Digital/Social Ad Series

SILVER – Best Vendor/Supplier
Audio Visual Services

SILVER – Best Social Media Campaign

SILVER – Best Sponsor Gift
Cherry Blossom Tumbler

SILVER- Best Giveaway Item
A customized, commemorative Coca-Cola bottle.

BRONZE – Best Radio Promotion
100.9 The Creek’s Cherry Blossom Street Party Ad Spot

BRONZE – Best Media Relations Campaign

BRONZE – Best Pin
Designed by Mark Ballard

BRONZE – Best Overall Merchandising Program

BRONZE – Best New Attendee Service
Macon Transit Authority

BRONZE – Best Organizational Website
Designed by the Park Group

BRONZE – Best Festival/Event Mobile Application,
Designed by the Park Group