Friends Of The Festival Racks Up Awards At Int’l Festival & Event Association Awards Show

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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Friends of the Festival, the group that puts on Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival, The American Dream Concert and Riverfront Nights, came away from Cincinnati with 13 trophies from the International Festival and Events Association’s annual Pinnacle Awards Presentation.

Friends of the Festival won 2 Gold Pinnacle Awards, 3 Silver, and 8 Bronze. Two of the awards were for the American Dream Concert, which debuted at Engel Stadium in May of this year with a Charlie Daniels and Overland Express concert. It won bronze awards for “Best New Event” and “Best Radio Promotion”.

Riverbend won two gold awards – one for “Best Event Promotional Photograph” and one for “Best Event/Program within an Event To Benefit A Cause”. Riverbend’s stellar volunteer program won a Silver award for “Best Volunteer Program”.

Friends of the Festival’s programs compete with some of the largest and oldest festivals in the World, including the Tournament of Roses Festival in Pasadena, The Indy 500 Festival, the Pro Football Hall Of Fame Festival, and the Kentucky Derby Festival.

It is a challenge each year to develop new quality programming that will compete with the prestigious festivals and events from all over the world. Riverbend is a nine-day music festival, held in June on the riverfront. Riverfront Nights is a six-week free concert series held in August and September each year. For more information, go to or

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