City Events Win Four State Awards at Florida Festivals and Events Association Convention


Recognizing Florida’s best events, the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during their 23rd annual convention and tradeshow. Four different events produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department were honored with four awards. Jest Fest!, which features world-acclaimed comedy/variety and cirque style entertainment, won first place award for its television advertisement, Hoggetowne Medieval Faire won second place award for its poster, the “Free Fridays” Concert Series won second place award for its Facebook page and the Downtown Festival & Art Show won third place award for its poster.

The SUNsational Awards Program recognizes members' innovation, individuality and creative collaboration. Nominations were accepted in nine categories, including printed materials, outdoor advertisement, public relations/media campaign, photo, promotional item, t-shirt, broadcast media, multimedia marketing and programming. Each category included three budget levels, and a total of 130 events submitted their materials for consideration.

Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts. “The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said Suzanne Neve, executive director of the FFEA. “We’re proud of our members and their events and excited to recognize them in this way each year.”

Celebrating 23 years, FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. For more information about FFEA, visit