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2018 Pinnacle Awards

The 2018 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards

To Be Announced on Monday, Oct 1, 2018

The 2018 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award entries have been judged. Once everything is confirmed, notifications will go out on Monday, August 20th, 2018 to all the winners of a Pinnacle Award, letting you know you won "something." Sorry, we can't tell you what you won, what place you received, what category you may have won in, or even how many you have won . . . it's all Top Secret until the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Presentation on Monday, October 1, 2018 at the IFEA’s 63rd Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat in San Diego, CA. Stay tuned!

Note: Notifications will be sent to the individual contact that was listed on the entry form for the Pinnacle entries.



For questions on any of the IFEA Awards Programs, contact: Nia Hovde, CFEE, Vice President/Director of Marketing & Communications, at +1-208-433-0950 ext:3 or email:

2019 Entry Deadlines

  • Early Bird Deadline: Mid-June, 2019
  • Final Entry Deadline: Mid-July, 2019

2018 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Categories

1) Grand Pinnacle
2) Best TV Promotion (Ad Spot or PSA)
3) Best Full Length TV Program (Local Programming)
4) Best Full Length TV Program (National Promotion/Syndication)
5) Best Event Video Promotion
6) Best Radio Promotion (Ad Spot or PSA)
7) Best Event Website
8) Best Organizational Website
9) Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter
10) Best Miscellaneous Multimedia
11) Best Social Media Site
12) Best Festival/Event Mobile Application
13) Best Single Digital/Social Ad
14) Best Digital/Social Ad Series
15) Best Event Program
16) Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement
17) Best Promotional Brochure
18) Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Multiple Page)
19) Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Single Page)
20) Best Company Image Pieces
21) Best Cover Design
22) Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
23) Best Single Magazine Display Ad
24) Best Ad Series
25) Best Promotional Poster
26) Best Commemorative Poster
27) Best Event Promotional Photograph
28) Best Outdoor Billboard
29) Best Event Invitation
30) Best Street Banner
31) Best Miscellaneous On-Site Décor
32) Best T-Shirt Design
33) Best Pin or Button
34) Best Hat
35) Best Other Merchandise
36) Best Miscellaneous Clothing
37) Best New Merchandise
38) Best Sponsor Gift
39) Best Give-Away Item
40) Best Targeted Sponsor Solicitation Proposal
41) Best Individual Sponsor Follow-up Report
42) Best Sponsor Partner
43) Best Single New Sponsorship Opportunity
44) Best Sponsorship Program for Individual Sponsor
45) Best Overall Sponsorship Program
46) Best Volunteer Program
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47) Best Green Program
48) Best Parade
49) Best Educational Program
50) NEW Best Accessibility Program
51) Best Children's Programming
52) Best Community Outreach Program
53) Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Cause
54) Best Event (Within an Existing Festival)
55) Best Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management Plan for an Event
56) Best Food & Beverage Program
57) Best New Event
58) Best New Promotion Activity
59) Best Overall Merchandising Program
60) Best Press/Media Kit
61) Most Creative/Effective News Stunt
62) Best Media Relations Campaign
63) Best Social Media Campaign
64) Best Event Management Associate Degree
65) Best Event Management Bachelor Degree
66) Best Event Management Certificate Program
67) Best Online Event Management Training Program
68) Best Festival & Event Management Master’s Program
69) Best Festival & Event Management PhD Program
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