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in Press Releases September 24, 2010 2 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) recognized the Columbus Arts Festival on September 15, 2010 during the IFEA/Haas &Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 55th Annual Convention & Expo in Saint Louis, Missouri. GCAC was presented with three awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. Awards were won in the following categories:


Gold – Best Event Invitation
Silver – Best Full Length TV Program (local, ArtZine)
Silver – Best New Promotion

Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO; Borderfest Association, Festival of Lights, Hidalgo, TX; Shows Etc.-Idaho State Capital Building Rededication Celebration, Boise ID; Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, KY; Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO; the International VSA Festival, Washington DC; and international festivals such as Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival, Krakow, Poland; Festival Lent, Slovenia; and Sentosa Development Corporation, Sentosa, Singapore.

Awards were handed out in 69 different categories including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site, Event Program; Commemorative Poster; Overall Sponsorship Program; Environmental Program; Educational Program, Children’s Programming; Media Relations Campaign, Overall Merchandising Program; Festival & Event Management Degree Programs to the highest award reflecting the best overall festival and event in the world – the Grand Pinnacle.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for the outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The Pinnacle Awards represents the hallmark of excellence in the festivals and events industry. Entries in every budget category, from every corner of the globe, allow us to recognize the best in our business while raising the standards and quality of media promotions and events across the board.”

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) is the Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support.


CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492