Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, presented by the Birthplace of Country Music, has earned the Bronze Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association. The Grand Pinnacle is the highest award given by the IFEA and the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events.
Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Fiesta Bowl in Scottsdale, Arizona, the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, and Memphis in May International Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. International contenders included such diverse event organizations as Rotterdam Festivals in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Destination NSW in Sydney, Australia, and the Ludwig Van Beethoven Festival in Krakow, Poland.
“This is the first time Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has entered an international competition and the application process is very detailed,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and Radio Bristol. “We are so honored and humbled to bring the Bronze Pinnacle home to our community.”
“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President and 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.”
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion also placed Silver for Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement for its annual festival guide.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion qualifies in the $750,000-$1.5 million budgetary category. IFEA also offers categories for festivals and events with budgets under $250,000 and over $1.5 million. In the same category the Des Moines Arts Festival in Des Moines, Iowa achieved Gold while Boulevardia in Kansas City, Missouri earned Silver. Bristol Rhythm was judged based on information from it’s 15th annual event in 2015.