Memphis In May placed among the best with 11 Pinnacle Awards - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis In May placed among the best with 11 Pinnacle Awards

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphians have long known that Memphis In May is one of the best festivals around, but now, the festival can officially claim that title.

Memphis In May proved it is one of the best international festivals of the year by capturing 11 Pinnacle awards at the 2016 International Festival Association Conference.

The awards include a bronze Grand Pinnacle for overall excellence. 

The expo, held in Tucson, Arizona, pitted Memphis in May alongside prestigious festivals as Kentucky Derby Festival, Portland Rose Festival, and Destination New South Wales.

The Pinnacle awards represent what Memphis in May officials call “the top industry benchmark,” and the fest took home awards in 11 of the 68 categories.

Memphis in May was also named Best Educational Program, Best Event Website, and best Overall Sponsorship Program.

“We have spent the past 40 years creating a truly world class event, a festival that pays tribute to both the city of Memphis and a different foreign country each year,”James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May, said. “It is an honor to be recognized as an international leader in our industry. We proudly accept these awards on behalf of our board and all the volunteers who work to make our festival great.”

Entries were received from festivals and events throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. 

Memphis In May has generated millions of dollars for the City of Memphis since its inception. An economic impact study by Younger Associates reflected the festival has an economic impact of more than $88 million for the city. This year, the festival created, directly and indirectly, 1,138 jobs and drew more than 93,000 people who came from 500 miles are farther away to enjoy the festivities. This year's attendance totaled over 265,000 people.

Listed below are the 2016 Pinnacle awards Memphis In May brought home to the Bluff City.

Gold

  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Commemorative Poster
  • 901Fest: Best Full Length TV Program
  • Great American River Run: Best T-shirt Design
  • Great American River Run: Best Miscellaneous On-Site Decor

Silver

  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Educational Program
  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Overall Sponsorship Program

Bronze

  • Memphis in May International Festival: Grand Pinnacle
  • Memphis in May: Best Organizational Website
  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Event Invitation
  • World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: Best Commemorative Poster
  • Great American River Run: Best Promotional Poster

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