WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The 2013 North Carolina Azalea Festival received six prestigious awards from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) along with the likes of the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500.
The Azalea Festival brought home a gold medal for its innovative Facebook page as well as a gold for its locally designed Freaker drink insulator, or “koozie.”
Wilmington’s spring festival of southern style also brought home a silver medal for its captivating video by locally-based Blueberry Creative and bronze awards for two of the festival’s printed materials. The commemorative poster featuring a paper collage by Wilmington artist Elizabeth Singletary also scored a bronze medal.
“We are thrilled to win such prestigious awards. It goes to show that all the hard work our volunteers are doing to expand and modernize the festival is paying off,” says the 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival President Stephen E. Coble. “We have grown from a small festival to a premier can’t-miss event. We are excited about what’s to come for the Azalea Festival in the years ahead.”
The awards were presented at IFEA’s 58th Annual Convention & Expo in Pittsburgh, PA, on September 16.
The Azalea Festival received:
Best Social Media Site | Gold Medal | NC Azalea Festival Facebook Page
Best New Merchandise | Gold Medal | NC Azalea Festival “Freaker”
Best Miscellaneous Multimedia | Silver Medal | NC Azalea Festival Video, Part 2
Best Commemorative Poster | Bronze Medal | 2013 NC Azalea Festival Poster
Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Single Page) | Bronze Medal | “Facebookmark”
Best Event Program | Bronze Medal-Tie | NC Azalea Festival Souvenir Book