Awards

The International Cherry Blossom Festival has won many Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle awards throughout the years at the International Festival and Events Association. The goal of the IFEA is to raise the standard of festivals and events all over the world, and recognize those organizations that provide excellence in their creative, promotional, and operational strategies. The Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition includes events of all sizes and budgets from all over the world, categorizing each organization appropriately, and recognizing excellence in a variety of categories from Best Volunteer Program to Best Social Media Site.

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2016

Gold: Best organizational Website (cherryblossom.com)

Silver: Best pin or Button (2016 Cherry Blossom Festival Pin)

Bronze: Best New Attendee Service (Central City park Ticketing System)

2015

Silver: Best Ad Series (Eat, Drink, Be Cherry campaign), Best Food & Beverages Program (Food Truck Frenzy)

Bronze: Best Children’s Programming (Radio Disney ‘On the Road to the RDMA’s Concert’ at Central City Park)

2014

Gold: Best Event Website, Best New Event (Beers, Brats, and Brushstrokes)

Silver: Best Organizational Website, Best Miscellaneous Clothing, Best Community Outreach Program, Best Event within an Event to Benefit a Cause (Pink, White, & Blue Military Ball benefiting “Warriors to Work” of the Wounded Warriors Program), Best Money
Making Idea (Steeple Chase & Blossoms Tour), Best Vendor/Supplier (Drew Exposition Amusement Rides), and Most Creative/Effective News Stunt (96 Year Old Rides Oscar the Camel)

Bronze: Best Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management Plan for an Event (Tunes & Balloons Fireworks Finale), Best Food & Beverage Program (Food Truck Frenzy) and Best Overall Merchandising Program

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Gold: Best Pin or Button

Silver: Best A/V Services, Best New Attendee Service (Indoor Street Party)

Bronze: Best Festival/Event Mobile Application, Best Sponsor Partner (The YKK in Macon, Georgia), Best Emergency Preparedness
and Risk Management Plan for an Event, and Best New Promotion Activity (PINS have Privilege).

2012

Gold: Best Festival/Event Mobile Application, Best New Promotion (Bus Wrap)

Silver: Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement, Best Sponsor (Georgia Power), Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Charity (Wesley Glen Road Race)

Bronze: Best Single Newspaper Display Ad, Best Ad Series, Best Miscellaneous Clothing (Scarf), Best Overall Merchandising Program

2011

Gold: Best Street Banner

Silver: Best Single Newspaper Display Ad, Best T-Shirt Design, Best Pin or Button (by an event)

Bronze: Best Event Photograph, Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (single page), Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Charity (High Heels for a Cure), Best New Promotion (Drink Pink), Best T-Shirt Design, Best Other Merchandise (2011 Commemorative Plate)

2011

2010

Silver: Best Sponsor (Budweiser), Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Charity (Pink Pancake Breakfast), Best Organizational Website, Best Environmental Program (CBF & KMBBC), Best Media Relations Campaign, Best Pin or Button (by an event)

Bronze: Best Single New Sponsorship Program (Cortez Jewelers), Best New Promotion (A Diamond in the Rough – Diamond Giveaway), Best Social Media Site, Best Educational Program (Jack Golden “A Litter Bit Goes A Long Way”), Best Children’s Programming (Cherry Dazzle at Central City Park)

2009

Gold: Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (single page), Best Media Relations Campaign, Best New Promotion

Silver: Best Educational Program, Best New Event, Best Environmental Program, Best Community Outreach Program (Benefiting the Community), Best Pin or Button (by an event)

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2008

Gold: Best Sponsor (Dairyland), Best Environmental Program, Best Event Photograph, Best Community Outreach Program (Benefiting the Community), Best New Event (within an existing festival), Most Creative/Effective News Stunt, Best Media Relations Campaign, Best Promotion Publicizing an IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle

Silver: Best Educational Program, Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Charity, Best Children’s Programming

Bronze: Grand Pinnacle, Best Volunteer Program, Best New Promotion, Best Press/Media Kit, Best Pin or Button (by an event), Best Miscellaneous Clothing

2007

Gold: Grand Pinnacle, Best New Fundraising Program, Best Environmental Program, Best Community Outreach Program, Best New Event (within an existing festival), Best Media Relations Campaign, Best Other Merchandise, Best Overall Merchandising Program

Silver: Most Creative/Effective News Stunt, Best Miscellaneous Clothing,

Bronze: Best Full Length TV Program (national), Best Sponsor (Coca-Cola), Best Educational Program, Best New Promotion, Best Pin or Button

2006

Gold: Best Sponsor (The Medical Center of Central Georgia), Best Environmental Program (Team up to Clean up KMBBC Event), Best Community Outreach Program (Think Pink Campaign), Best New Promotion (WPGA Guest Host Program), Best Children’s Programming (Macon Thunder), Most Creative/Effective News Stunt (Jeanetta Jones on the Weather Channel), Best Media Relations Campaign, Best Other Merchandise (Yoshinos of Macon Book)

Silver: Best Educational Program (Jack Golden “A Litter Bit Goes A Long Way”), Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Charity (2006 Pink Pancake Breakfast), Best New Event (within an existing festival) (Boot Scootin’ Boogie & Casino Night)

Bronze: Best Cover Design Tour of Homes, Best Event Photograph Floats, Flags and Fun, Best New Event (within an existing festival) (Authors Luncheon)

2005

Gold: Best Environmental Program, Best New Fundraising Program, Best Media Relations Campaign, Best Miscellaneous Clothing, Best Overall Merchandising Program

Silver: Best Event/Program to Benefit a Charity, Best Other Merchandise

Bronze: Best Full Length TV Program (local), Best Solicitation Package, Best Single New Sponsorship Program, Best Educational Program, Best Community Outreach Program

2005

2004

Gold: Best Grand Pinnacle, Best Event Photograph, Best Overall Sponsorship

Silver: Best Full Length TV Program (local), Best Solicitation Package

Bronze: Best Event/Organization E-newsletter, Best Environmental Program, Best Community Outreach Program, Best Other Merchandise