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Hopkinsville Wins Six Kaleidoscope Awards Celebrating Festivals and Events

Hopkinsville walked away with six Kaleidoscope Awards in as many categories Tuesday night during the closing ceremonies of the 2020 Southeast Festival and Events Association (SFEA) Conference in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 

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The City of Hopkinsville’s Parks and Recreation Department received silver awards in Best Event Under $75,000 and Best Social Media: Instagram, both for the 4th Annual Hoptown Summer Salute Festival, and a silver in Best Merchandise for the “0.0” sticker that was created for the Planters Bank/Jennie Stuart Health Hoptown Half Marathon & 5K this past September. 

“Our team works tirelessly with many other city and county divisions to create, promote and positively execute an array of exciting events and festivals that will create a high quality of local life and provide varying opportunities for our residents and visitors,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “We don’t do it for glory or recognition, but to have those efforts recognized on a national level is an awesome bonus that we are very proud of.” 

Also taking home awards was the Trail of Tears Pow Wow, as the Trail of Tears Commission earned a gold award in the Best Program or Brochure category for the souvenir program created by Tommy Lopez. Additionally, the Commission received silver in Best Children’s Programming for the Trail of Tears School Days event, which saw 1,400 students, teachers and volunteers prior to the start of the Intertribal Pow Wow. 

“We are very honored to receive these awards,” Trail of Tears Commission President Jimmy Dossett said. “Our commission works extremely hard to create an event that celebrates Native American culture and history.” 

The Visit Hopkinsville team was the third different local entity to earn hardware Tuesday, winning a bronze award for Best Selfie Station at the Hoptown Summer Salute Festival. The GIF photo booth, which has been on site at several local events over the past year, and is free for local events to utilize, created 539 free digital souvenirs for festival goers in 2019.  

“We have had so much fun bringing our interactive photo booth to life,” said Visit Hopkinsville Executive Director Brooke Jung. “As people continue to see our photo booth at local events, we see them get excited to create memories that they can send straight to their phones and cherish forever.” 

SFEA is a 501 (c) 6 membership-based organization. Comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers, SFEA was founded in 2009 to strengthen the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events throughout the year; thus allowing for continued professional growth within the festivals and events industry.  

The awards distributed by SFEA go to states in the Southeast region, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. This was the first year Hopkinsville has participated at the SFEA Conference. 

For additional information regarding tourism in Hopkinsville and Christian County, please contact Brooke Jung, Executive Director, Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau at 270-887-2300 or bjung@visithopkinsville.com.