Best New Festival or Event , Gold- AR Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, Little Rock
Eligible events are those still within their first five years; judging is based on the operation’s growth, uniqueness, and community contribution.
Best New Festival or Event, Silver- Merry & Bright Friday Nights, Russellville
Best New Festival or Event, Bronze- EDGE Live, El Dorado
Outstanding New Idea, Gold- MusicFest El Dorado
Eligible festivals have developed a new idea, logo, event, festival, or publication during the previous year which added significantly to the success or popularity of the festival.
Outstanding New Idea, Silver-Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant
Outstanding New Idea, Bronze-Camden’s Movies on the River
Vendor of the Year, Gold- JC Productions, Camden
Vendors of the Year are examples of exemplary and reliable services provided by industry businesses that contribute to the overall success of an event.
Vendor of the Year, Silver- Wells Fun Company, Malvern
Festival of the Year, Gold–Beatles at the Ridge, Walnut Ridge
This award is presented to a festival or other special celebration, which stands out among all the festivals in Arkansas, by its creative approach, crowd appeal, media coverage, and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the state’s quality of life.
Festival of the Year, Silver- Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock.
Festival of the Year, Bronze- SouthArk Outdoor Expo, El Dorado
Event of the Year, Gold – Murphy Arts District Grand Opening
This award is presented to a community event or other special celebration which stands out among all community events in Arkansas by its creative approach, crowd appeal, media coverage, and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the state’s quality of life.
Event of the Year, Silver- World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, Heber Springs
Event of the Year, Bronze- Sparks in the Park, Texarkana
Sporting Event of the Year, Gold- Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout
A festival or event featuring or centered around a sporting event that brings recognition to the sport and enhances community pride.
Sporting Event of the Year, Silver- Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza (Statewide)
Sporting Event of the Year, Bronze-Arkansas Marathon, Booneville
Promotional ALFiE Awards were also awarded to top quality examples of festival and event promotional and marketing materials. Awards were presented in eight categories to the following winners:
Promotional Print –
Gold- ACANSA Arts Festival, Little Rock
Silver- Spa-Con, Hot Springs
Bronze-SouthArk Outdoor Expo, El Dorado
Gold – Arkansas Marathon, Booneville
Silver –Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock
Bronze –Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant
Gold – Beatles at the Ridge, Walnut Ridge
Silver –Smackover Oiltown Festival, Smackover
Bronze –Toad Suck Daze, Conway
Event Photo –
Gold – Stuart Pennington Running of the Tubs, Hot Springs
Silver –Cave City Watermelon Festival, Cave City
Bronze – Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant
Event Website –
Gold –Cave City Watermelon Festival, Cave City
Silver –Beatles at the Ridge, Walnut Ridge
Bronze –World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hot Springs
Social Media Campaign –
Gold-Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock
Silver –Toad Suck Daze, Conway
Bronze- Camden Daffodil Festival, Camden
For further information on the ALFiE Awards or the Arkansas Festivals and Events Association, call AFEA Executive Director, Jenna Friday at 501-350-2378 or e-mail info@ArFEA.org.