ABC19 has reported that Gatlinburg has taken home seven different awards from the International Festivals and Events Association at the 20th Annual Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards in Tucson, Arizona on Monday. The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau won for the following events: The Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival featured on Great American Country, the 39th Fantasy of Lights Parade, Gatlinburg “Nose” Christmas, and the Summer 2015 E-Newsletter. The Gatlinburg “Nose” Christmas was the most successful event for Gatlinburg, winning in three different categories.
The IFEA recognizes the best promotional campaigns and events in the world. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, they are a sourcebook for ideas, resources, information, and education for festival professionals worldwide. Their awards ceremony featured 68 different categories, with the highest award being the Grand Pinnacle.
Once again, another organization I had never heard of has recognized Gatlinburg for what they do best; throwing a great event that entertains and draws plenty of tourist traffic. Stay tuned for more .