The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Delray Beach Garlic Fest and Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival as well as two other Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce events; The Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival and Delray Affair – all events produced by Festival Management Group / Delray Beach Arts in Delray Beach, Florida on September 16, 2013 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 58th Annual Convention & Expo in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. September 16-18, 2013, where they were presented with eight awards in the prestigious IFEA/ Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. Awards were won by Festival Management Group / Delray Beach Arts in the following categories: GOLD for Delray Affair – BEST SOCIAL MEDIA SITE SILVER for Delray Garlic Fest – BEST SOCIAL MEDIA SITE SILVER for Delray Beach Garlic Fest – BEST SPECIAL SECTION INSERT GOLD for Delray Beach Garlic Fest – BEST EVENT PHOTOGRAPH SILVER for St Pats Parade – BEST EVENT PHOTOGRAPH GOLD for Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival – BEST BILLBOARD GOLD for Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival – BEST STREET BANNERS GOLD for Delray Affair – BEST COMMEMORATIVE PIN Additional award winners at the competition included: Real Time Marketing Group – SOCIAL MEDIA/FACEBOOK DESIGN Georgia Handy Photography – PHOTOGRAPHY Futuristic Woo – WINE & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL BANNER DESIGN Atlantic Ave Magazine – GARLIC FEST SPECIAL SECTION DESIGN Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, KY; Memphis in May International Festival, Memphis, TN; 500 Festival, Indianapolis, IN; Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO; Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA and the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, Burlington, ON, Canada. International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the Seoul Lantern Festival, Seoul, South Korea; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Grolsch Artboom Festival, Krakow, Poland; Stichting Rotterdam Festivals, The Netherlands; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Sentosa Leisure Management, Sentosa, Singapore. Awards were handed out in 68 different categories in total including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site; Commemorative Poster; Overall Sponsorship Program; Green Program; Educational Program, Children’s Programming; Media Relations Campaign; Overall Merchandising Program; Festival & Event Management Degree Programs to the highest award given by the IFEA in recognition of those Festivals and events who have a balance of all the elements necessary to ensure a successful event – the Grand Pinnacle. “We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.” Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.