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Friday, September 15, 2017

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Des Moines Arts Festival® takes home 28 awards from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)
The city of Des Moines also triumphs as the recipient of the World Festival & Event City Award
Des Moines, IA – September 15, 2017 – The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) honored the Des Moines Arts Festival® and the city of Des Moines, Iowa, on September 14, 2017 during the 62nd annual IFEA/Haas Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the 62ndAnnual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat in Tucson, Arizona.
Des Moines Arts Festival was presented with 28 awards in the following categories:
Best Single Digital/Social Ad
Best Digital/Social Ad Series
Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement
Best Ad Series
Best Commemorative Poster
Best T-Shirt Design
Best Targeted Sponsor Solicitation Proposal
Best Individual Sponsor Follow-up Report
Best Overall Sponsorship Program
Best Volunteer Program
Best Community Outreach Program
Best Overall Merchandising Program
Best Social Media Campaign
Best Miscellaneous Multimedia
Best Event Program
Best Cover Design
Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
Best Single Magazine Display Ad
Best Promotional Poster
Best Event Invitation
Best Hat
Best Green Program
Best Educational Program
Best Media Relations Campaign
Grand Pinnacle
Best Event Website
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter
Best Event Invitation
“The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world,” said IFEA President and CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”
The city of Des Moines was presented with the prestigious World Festival & Event City Award, which was designed and created as a way for the global festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support, learn from and recognize positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide.
“This award helps further the story on the metro being a great place to live, work and visit, especially coming from the world's leading event and festivals organization,” said Vicki Comegys, vice president of sales and services for the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Festivals and events tie the fibers of a community together in so many ways . . . This recognition will be shared as we continue to lure events, visitors and future employees to Des Moines.” 
For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.
About the Des Moines Arts Festival®
The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a free annual three-day arts and culture festival the last weekend in June surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and is presented by The Des Moines RegisterThe Festival would also not be possible without the support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Principal℠MidAmerican Energy, and Prairie Meadows. DMAF invites you to “go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste.  
For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival.  #GoWhereItTakesYou  #DMAF #DMAF20 
About the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization's common vision is for "A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration." The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education, and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. Learn more at www.ifea.com.
About the World Festival & Event Award
The IFEA World Festival & Event City Award was designed and created as a way for the global festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support, learn from and recognize positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide. Festivals and events create tremendous community and economic capital in the markets that they serve, but the partnership with and support from the local community, at all levels, is critical to the success and sustainability of existing festivals and events, as well as the ability to attract and encourage new events. Through this special award, the IFEA is pleased to recognize and fly the flag of those cities and markets who have worked, through concerted efforts, to provide an environment conducive to successful festivals and events.


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