Arkansas Festivals & Events Association Announces 2019 Award Winners

The winners of the AFEA Awards for 2019, given by the Arkansas Festivals & Events Association, were announced at the Association’s 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show held in Eureka Springs on January 30 & 31. The AFEA Awards annually honor the best and brightest of Arkansas’s festivals and special events.  The winners and categories are listed below.

Best New Festival or Event

Eligible events are those still within their first five years; judging is based on the operation’s growth, uniqueness, and community contribution. 

Gold- Yadaloo Music & Arts Festival

Silver- Arkansas Coffin Races, Benton

Bronze- Arkansas Pie Festival, Cherokee Village

Outstanding New Idea

Eligible festivals have developed a new idea, logo, event, festival, or publication during the previous year which added significantly to the success or popularity of the festival. 

Gold- TIE- Toad Suck Daze, Conway

Beatles at the Ridge, Walnut Ridge

Vendor of the Year

Vendors of the Year are examples of exemplary and reliable services provided by industry businesses that contribute to the overall success of an event.

Gold- Wells Fun Company

Festival of the Year-Toad Suck Daze, Conway

This award is presented to a festival or other special celebration, which stands out among all the festivals in Arkansas, by its creative approach, crowd appeal, media coverage, and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the state’s quality of life.

Silver- World Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over The Prairie Festival, Stuttgart

Bronze- Beatles at the Ridge, Walnut Ridge

Event of the Year- SouthArk Outdoor Expo, El Dorado

This award is presented to a special event which stands out among all special events in Arkansas by its creative approach, crowd appeal, media coverage, and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the state’s quality of life.

Silver- First Friday Monthly Market, Camden

Bronze- Arkansas State Fair

Sporting Event of the Year, Gold- Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout

A festival or event featuring or centered around a sporting event that brings recognition to the sport and enhances community pride.

Silver- Arkansas Enduro Series- Eureka Springs

Bronze-Gold Star Memorial Golf Tournament, Fairfield Bay

Promotional AFEA Awards were also awarded to top quality examples of festival and event promotional and marketing materials.  Awards were presented in eight categories to the following winners:

Volunteer of the Year- Greg Withrow, SouthArk Outdoor Expo

Promotional Print

Gold- GudRun Mountain Bike Festival, Hot Springs

Silver- 80’s Mall Party, Little Rock

Bronze-Barkus on Main, Little Rock

Souvenir

Gold – GudRun Mountain Bike Festival

Silver –Yadaloo Music & Arts Festival

Bronze –Illuminate, Conway

T-Shirt/Sweatshirt –

Gold – SouthArk Outdoor Expo, El Dorado

Silver –Spa-Con, Hot Springs

Bronze –Beatles at the Ridge

Event Photo –

Gold – Open Streets, Fayetteville

Silver – Toad Suck Daze, Conway

Bronze – SpaCon, Hot Springs

Event Website –

Gold –Arkansas State Fair

Silver –Beatles at the Ridge, Walnut Ridge

Bronze –Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout

Social Media Campaign –

Gold-80’s Mall Party, Little Rock

Silver –Arkansas State Fair

Bronze-SpaCon, Hot Springs                                                                                            

For further information on the AFEA Awards or the Arkansas Festivals and Events Association, call AFEA Executive Director, Jenna Friday at 501-350-2378 or e-mail info@ArFEA.org.

Best New Festival or Event 2019
Gold Winner
Arkansas Coffin Races, Best New Festival or Event 2019
Silver Winner
Arkansas Pie Festival, Best New Festival or Event 2019
Bronze Winner
South Ark Outdoor Expo, Event of the Year 2019
Gold Winner
First Friday Monthly Market: Camden, Event of the Year 2019
Silver Winner
Arkansas State Fair, Event of the Year 2019
Bronze Winner
Toad Suck Daze, Festival of the Year 2019
Gold Winner
Wings Over The Prairie Festival & World Championship Duck Calling Contest, Festival of the Year 2019
Silver Winner
Beatles at the Ridge, Festival of the Year 2019
Bronze Winner
Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, Sporting Event of the Year 2019
Gold Winner
Arkansas Enduro Series, Eureka Springs Race,
Sporting Event of the Year 2019

Silver Winner
Gold Star Memorial Golf Tournament, Fairfield Bay
Sporting Event of the Year 2019

Bronze Winner
Wells Fun Company, Vendor of the Year 2019
Geg Withrow, Volunteer of the Year
SoutArk Outdoor Expo, El Dorado

More photos to all winners can be found on the AFEA Facebook page www.facebook.com/ARFestivals