BURGAW – Five Pender County events and festivals took home honors from the NC Association of Festivals and Events (NCAFE) Annual ShowFest in Charlotte. NCAFE recognizes outstanding events and festivals from across the state.
“We are pleased to announce Pender County’s events and festivals brought home more awards than any other county in North Carolina,” said Olivia Dawson, who represented Pender County Tourism at ShowFest.
The award winners are:
Best Event Poster (Small): October Paranormal Ghost Tours, Poplar Grove Plantation
Best Festival Social Media: NC Bacon Festival, Rocky Point Festivals Committee
Best Sponsorship Packet: Ocean City Jazz Festival, Topsail Island
Supporting Member of the Year: David Crooks with Airplay Events
Festival Director of the Year: Olivia Dawson, 2018 Blueberry Festival
“All of our Events and Festivals are unique and make an economic impact upon our area,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director.
Stephanie Key, Pender County Tourism assistant, prepared the nominations for Pender County Tourism. She reported that events such as Ghost Walk: Ghosts of Pender’s Past, Autumn with Topsail, and Topsail Island Jeep Week among several others were strong state-wide competitors.
“In addition to our winners, we thank all our events, festivals, chambers, and towns for making Pender County events some of the best events in North Carolina,” said Dawson.
For more information contact the Pender County Tourism Office at 910-259-1278.
CUTLINE: Pictured is Olivia Dawson, who won the Festival Director of the Year award from NCAFE, with David Crooks of the NC Bacon Fest and AirPlay Events. They are holding the five NCAFE Awards Trophies presented to Pender County events.