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2016 Winners

For the past 22 years, the Florida Festivals & Events Association has celebrated our members' achievements in event marketing, programming, service and innovation through the Sunsational Awards.

The Sunsational Awards are judged in three different budget levels and 16 different categories. Members may submit one item per category per event for nomination.

We had almost 400 submissions for the Sunsational Awards and we are thrilled to honor over 40 organizations and individuals representing over 120 events.

Congratulations to the following organizations on winning at least one award this year!
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Alpha Media USA
ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.
Blue-Grey Army, Inc.
Bobby Rodriguez Productions, Inc.
Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral
City of Boynton Beach
City of Boynton Beach CRA
City of Boynton Beach Parks & Recreation Department
City Of Clearwater - Parks & Recreation
City of Clermont
City of Coral Springs
City Of Gainesville Division Of Cultural Affairs
City of Hialeah
City of North Miami Parks & Recreation Department
City Of Palm Beach Gardens
City of Pompano Beach
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City Of Tamarac
City Of West Palm Beach Community Events
Clay County Fair
Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association
Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition, Inc.
Dania Beach CRA
Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative
Edison Festival of Light
Festival Management Group, Inc.
Florida State Fair Authority
Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
Lake County Office of Economic Development and Tourism
Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
Leesburg Partnership, Inc.
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Lion Country Safari
Margate CRA
Palm Beach County Public Affairs
Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pompano Beach CRA
Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc.
Spirit of Suwannee Music Park
Village of Wellington
West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority
Winterfest, Inc.
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Click on any of the images below for a complete photo gallery of all of the award winners.
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Distinguished Awards

Winners of the Distinguished Awards are nominated by their peers for their innovation, dedication to the industry and demonstration of leadership.
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Innovative Event or Project

Clay County Agricultural fair - "fIFI"

Rolling advertising that offers advertisement for the sponsor and the fair year round. Fifi definitely gets attention and is a fun way to get your attendees invovled. Fifi has her own instagram account and will be used for ticket drops at sponsor locations before the fair. Fifi will also be used in fun social media games, take a #cowfie and tag the Clay County Fair in it for your chance to win tickets to the fair!

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Emerging Leader

Jarrod White

Jarrod White is the Special Events Manager at the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative. He is responsible for the planning and production of some of Delray Beach's largest events such as the lighting of the Famous 100 Foot Christmas Tree, July 4th and First Night. These events attract up to 100,000 attendees. Jarrod continually reinvents these events with super creative ideas. He is always on trend and ahead of the pack in terms of arts and entertainment.

Jarrod has a passion for the arts and spends time at Art Basel getting great ideas, normally jumping in his car at midnight and heading down to Miami right after a marathon Tree Lighting event.

We all know event producers cope with all sorts of interesting situations. Jarrod has been known to chase down a stolen golf cart on foot, test drive the bucket on a fire engine and wrestle in a sumo suit. Sponsors, especially, love Jarrod as he finds intriguing ways for them to interact with the attendees. Jarrod has done an incredible job for the DBMC, all the while obtaining his Masters Degree at FAU.

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Supplier of the Year

AAA Flag and Banner

AAA Flag and Banner has established a reputation as a national leader within their industry. Working with small businesses, Fortune 1000 companies, Cities, Cultural Institutions, Professional Sporting, Retail, Trade Show and Special Event experts, they have the breadth and experience to handle most any graphic related project.

Regardless of the size of the job, every client gets the same attention, expert service, and quality and organizations of all types and sizes build their brand, build their image, and build their business with our Supplier of the Year – AAA Flag & Banner.


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For more information on this year's awards program, visit our Sunsational Award Overview page or the Application Guidelines.
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