The winners of the ALFiE Awards for 2016, given by the Arkansas Festivals & Events Association, were announced at the Association’s 33rd Annual Conference held at the Holiday Inn Little Rock/Airport in Little Rock, January 25-26. The ALFiE Awards, “Arkansans Love Festivals & Events,” honor the best and brightest of Arkansas’s festivals and special events. The winners and categories are listed below.

Best New Festival or Event , Gold- ACANSA Arts 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- Spa Con, Hot Springs

Best New Festival or Event, Bronze- Sultana Heritage Festival, Marion.

Outstanding New Idea – Arkansas Cornbread Festival, Little Rock for their Food, Culture, & Community Readings by UALR Contest Winners. 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.

Volunteer of the Year – Terri Neugent, Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission.

A volunteer who has provided significant enthusiasm and specific expertise while showing initiative and providing leadership, dependability, and a positive attitude for their event for at least three years without having received remuneration for services.

Vendor of the Year, Gold- Wells Fun Company Vendor of the Year, Silver- JC Productions

Festival of the Year , Gold–Toad Suck Daze, Conway.

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- Arkansas Cornbread Festival

Event of the Year, Gold – World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, Heber Springs.

This award is presented to an event or other special celebration which stands out among all 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. This is the second year in a row for them to win this award.

Event of the Year, Silver- Oil Town Festival, Smackover

Event of the Year, Bronze- Depot Days Festival, Newport

Sporting Event of the Year, Gold- Big Dam Bridge 100, Little Rock

A festival or event featuring or centered around a sport event which in turn brings recognition to the sport and enhances community pride.

Sporting Event of the Year, Silver- Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, El Dorado

Promotional ALFiE Awards were also awarded to top quality examples of festival and event promotional materials. Awards were presented in eight categories to the following winners:

Promotional Print –
Gold- Spa Con, Hot Springs
Silver- Camden Daffodil Festival, Camden Bronze-Oil Town Festival, Smackover

Souvenir –
Gold – Toad Suck Daze, Conway

Silver –TIE- Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock & El Dorado Film Festival, El Dorado

Bronze – South Arkansas Community College Foundation ‘Outdoor Expo’, El Dorado

T-Shirt/Sweatshirt –

Gold – Toad Suck Daze, Conway

Silver – Arkansas Cornbread Festival, Little Rock

Bronze – Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock

Event Photo –

Gold – The First Ever 13th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hot Springs (Credit: Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

Silver – TIE- American Tae Kwan Do Association & Arkansas Cornbread Festival, Little Rock

Bronze – Depot Days, Newport

Event Website –

Gold – El Dorado Film Festival, El Dorado

Silver – TIE- Toad Suck Daze, Conway & Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, El Dorado

Bronze – Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock

Social Media Campaign –

Gold- TIE- Main Street Food Truck Festival,

Little Rock & South Arkansas Community College Foundation “Outdoor Expo”, El Dorado

Silver – El Dorado Film Festival, El Dorado 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.