Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation was recognized Monday evening at the International Festivals and Events Association Convention in San Diego, California for their efforts during the solar eclipse.
According to a news release, they were presented with the prestigious Grand Pinnacle Award. Winners are chosen from around 1,250 competitors from across the nation and are selected based on creativity, execution, logistics, emergency management, community outreach and more. Hopkinsville was recognized as a ‘level two’ winner, which means it operated within a $250,000 to $1 million budget.
One time Solar Eclipse Coordinator Brooke Jung says, “To simply be mentioned and honored in the same breath as some of these incredible events, destinations and entities is remarkable in itself. But to also be awarded with the highest honor given by IFEA is amazing and a testament to our community. It was a privilege to represent Hopkinsville and Christian County, accepting the award on behalf of our tremendous citizens.”
The Oak Grove Tourism Commission was presented with a Silver Pinnacle Award for Best New Event, in tribute to the Total Solar Eclipse Experience event they hosted. Executive Director Traci Cunningham says, “We are so excited to have won yet another award for our events! We strive to make all of our festivals bigger and better each year and we look forward to a great deal more of them to come.”