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Signature Downtown Events Recognized With International Awards

September 22, 2015

Two of the signature events in Downtown Des Moines were recognized on an international scale by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The Des Moines Arts Festival® and the Downtown Farmers’ Market have each won a number of awards during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at IFEA’s 60th Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, AZ on Monday. The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition draws entries from the world’s top festivals and events.

The Des Moines Arts Festival® won a total of 26 awards, including the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, the industry’s highest professional honor. In addition to the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, the Festival won 7 Gold Awards, 12 Silver Awards and 6 Bronze Awards.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market won a total of 9 awards, including Gold Awards for the Best Cover Design, Best Single Newspaper Display Ad, Best Street Banner and Best New Merchandise. You can still experience the award-winning Downtown Farmers’ Market each Saturday through Oct. 31 in the Historic Court District.

The full lists of awards for each event are as follows:

Des Moines Arts Festival ®

Gold — Grand Pinnacle
Gold — Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
Gold — Best Commemorative Poster
Gold — Best Outdoor Billboard
Gold — Best Street Banner
Gold — Best T-shirt Design
Gold — Best Individual Sponsor Follow-up Report
Gold — Best Event (within an Existing Festival)
Silver — Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (single page)
Silver — Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
Silver — Best Single Magazine Display Ad
Silver — Best Event Invitation
Silver — Best Targeted Sponsor Solicitation Proposal
Silver — Best Overall Sponsorship Program
Silver — Best Volunteer Program
Silver — Best Educational Program
Silver — Best Children’s Programming
Silver — Best Community Outreach Program
Silver — Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Cause
Silver — Best Overall Merchandising Program
Bronze — Best Event Website
Bronze — Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement
Bronze — Best Miscellaneous Printed Material (multiple page)
Bronze — Best Cover Design
Bronze — Best Hat
Bronze — Best Green Program

Downtown Farmers’ Market

Gold — Best Cover Design
Gold — Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
Gold — Best Street Banner
Gold — Best New Merchandise
Silver — Best Event Program
Silver — Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (single page)
Bronze — Best Single Magazine Display Ad
Bronze — Best Promotional Poster
Bronze — Best Social Media Site

About The Des Moines Arts Festival®

The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a free annual three-day arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June. The Festival invites you to 'go where it takes you...' by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. For more information please visit us online at DesMoinesArtsFestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival  and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival. #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF2016

About the Downtown Farmers’ Market 

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning May – October in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines. The Market also produces a Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market in November and December. The Downtown Community Alliance, in association with Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core. For more information please DesMoinesFarmersMarket.com, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/DowntownFarmersMarket, Twitter and Instagram at @DTFarmersMarket  #DTFM