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SFEA Honors Pender County Events with 2024 Kaleidoscope Awards

BURGAW – Six Pender County events and festivals received recognition from the Southeast Festival and Events Association’s annual Kaleidoscope Awards.  The Kaleidoscope Awards spotlight the best and the brightest in the Southeastern United States Events and Festivals industry as a part of the SFEA Conference hosted by Jekyll Island this year.

“Every year, the ideas presented in the Kaleidoscope Awards applications get more creative, the initiatives submitted get more innovative and inclusive, the competition gets stiffer, and pool of incredible events spreads across the region. A rising tide lifts all boats, and we’re all headed up!” said Jamie McCormick, Operations Manager for SFEA.

The Kaleidoscope Award categories are diverse, covering just about every aspect of the industry, including vendors and suppliers.  Pender County Events and Festivals competed in a variety of categories against a record number of applications spanning 30 organizations from nine states and received honors in five different categories.

Gold, Best Green Initiative:  Ocean Fest
Silver, Best Event Video:  Ocean Fest
Silver, Best Event T-Shirt:  Autumn with Topsail
Silver, Best Event Mascot:  Blueberry from the North Carolina Blueberry Festival
Bronze, Best Event Program:  The Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge
Bronze, Best New Event:  Juneteenth

“We are incredibly pleased so many Pender County Events and Festivals received honors from the SFEA,” says Stephanie Key, with Pender County Tourism.  “These awards recognize our exceptional events. It demonstrates that we host some of the most outstanding events and programs in the southeast. The awards honor the dedicated individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes to make these events a success.”

Pender County Tourism has been a member of The Southeast Festivals & Events Association since 2021.  The SFEA is a membership-based organization composed of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers whose goal is to strengthen the industry by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award programs and additional events throughout the year, thus allowing for continued professional growth of members.

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