Skip to content

OFEA Ovation! Awards

Oregon Festival and Events Association celebrates the best of the best each year with our Ovation! Awards.

Our awards ceremony, which takes place at the annual conference every Spring, shines a light on fairs, festivals, and events of all kinds. We also recognize sponsors, suppliers, and volunteers that we couldn't succeed without.

Ovation! Award categories include:

Festival of the Year (Large)

With an expense budget $150,000 and up OR over 40,000 attendees. This nomination has no limits other than falling within the two budget and attendance categories.


Festival of the Year (Small)

With an expense budget under $150,000 (unless you have 40,000 or more attendees, in which case see above category) this nomination has no limits other than falling within the budget and attendance categories.


Hidden Gem

This is for the small but worthy events with under 1,000 attendees that makes an impact on a community and is worth bragging about.


Music Festival or Event of the Year

This category is for an event with a music focus or for an exceptional music program within a larger festival or event that created substantial value, attraction or media coverage.


Fundraising Event of the Year

Most festivals fall within this category and we will be looking for how much was raised in relation to the goals and effort by staff or volunteers as well as creative new ways to raise much needed funds and unique promotional ideas.


Impact Award

This category is for an event that had a great and unique impact culturally or financially on a community. For festivals and events whose theme is based on promoting specific culture, ethnicity or heritage or even multiples of these categories.


Most Innovative Marketing Piece or Campaign

When the same old advertising just doesn’t work this is for the unique, effective promotions your event implemented to accomplish your goals.


Innovation Award

This category is for those new twists on old themes, innovative ideas and non-carbon copy approaches that worked!


The WOW Factor Award

The WOW Factor Award is for the events that really stand out, from the moment your guests arrive and throughout your venue. Did your WOW efforts help grow your event, increase social media mentions and just looked cool? This is the Award for you. Created in honor and in memory of one of the masters at the craft, Katie Nooshazar.


Sponsor of the Year

Not just a great sponsor for cash, but one that adds value through creative promotions, staff involvement and collaboration with your event. The value of statewide recognition for your sponsor? Priceless! All nominated sponsors will be named and recognized at the annual conference.


Supplier of the Year

Do you have a service member or event supplier that always goes above and beyond the call of duty for you? One that partners with you for your success? We want to meet them and honor them with this award. All nominated suppliers will be named and recognized at the annual conference.


Oregon Volunteer of the Year (Must be submitted by a member organization)

Recognizes an individual who has given dedicated service to a festival or event. Each member organization is invited to submit one nominee who will be recognized with a certificate as their event's volunteer of the year. One nominee will also be chosen to receive statewide recognition. All nominated volunteers will be named and recognized at the annual conference.


Shapeshifter Award

How do you react when you're thrown a curve ball? This category is for an event that was new this year, renewed, reimagined, reworked, adapted, and had to get creative in their execution.

ovation awards

Nominate Your Event

Nominations have closed for the 2020 Ovation! Awards. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a nomination.

Winners will be announced at our annual conference during our awards ceremony on March 6. If you haven't registered, it's not too late. Click here to join us!

 

Awards will be mailed to recipients and may arrive after the award ceremony. All Supplier of the Year, Sponsor of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year nominees will receive recognition at the conference.

Having trouble with the online form?
Click to download a pdf version and send completed forms to info@oregonfestivals.org.

Previous Ovation! Winners

2005

Best Festival (Large)
Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel

Best Festival (Small)
Fun in the Park, Wilsonville

Best New Festival
Crawfish Scavenger Hunt, Tualatin

Best Cultural or Heritage
World Beat, Salem

Best Performing or Fine Arts
Festival of the Arts, Brookings Harbor

Best Sporting Event
Harvest Festival, Sublimity

Most Innovative Marketing
COOL! Swanson Pool, Albany

Best Sponsor
Pacific Power

Volunteer
Lyle Fisher, Wilsonville

Best Vendor
Jim Moran, Oregon Beverage

Best Philanthropic
My Own Two Hands, Sisters

2006

Best Festival (Large)
Harvest Festival, Sublimity

Best Festival (Small)
Art in Bloom

Best New Festival
Oregon Truffle Festival, Eugene

Best Cultural or Heritage
Shrewsberry Renaissance, Philomath

Best Performing or Fine Arts
River Rhythms, Albany

Best Music Program
Oregon Jamboree, Sweet Home

Best Sporting Event
Main Street Madness, Hillsboro

Most Innovative Marketing
Oregon Truffle Festival, Eugene

Best Sponsor
Linn Benton Tractor, Albany

Volunteer
Kim Zuber, Sublimity

Best Vendor
U of O Festival Mgmnt. Program

2007

Best Festival (Large)
NW Art & Air Festival, Albany

Best Festival (Small)
Keizer Iris Festival

Best New Festival
Confluence, Reedsport, Winchester

Best Cultural or Heritage
Salem World Beat

Best Performing or Fine Arts
Festival of the Arts, Brookings Harbor

Best Music Program
The Grotto (Christmas), Portland

Best Sporting Event
Main Street Madness, Hillsboro

Most Innovative Marketing
Children's Performing Arts, Albany

Best Sponsor
At Home Furniture, Albany

Volunteer
Evalyne Pace, Albany

2008

Best Festival (Large)
Wolrd Beat, Salem

Best Festival (Small)
River Rhythms, Albany

Best New Festival
Procession of the Species, Albany

Best Cultural or Heritage (tie)
Meet the Pioneers, Jacksonville
Dixieland Jubilee, Seaside

Best Performing or Fine Arts
Music Festival, Astoria

Best Music Program
NW Art & Air Festival, Albany

Best Sporting Event (tie)
Dunefest, Reedsport
Ross Coleman Invitational, Molalla

Most Innovative Marketing
Sports Program, Albany Parks

Best Sponsor
ATI Wah Chang, Albany

Volunteer
Charlie Eads, Albany

Best Vendor
Columbia Dist., Salem

Best Philantropic
Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel

2009

Best Festival (Large)
Woodburn Tulip Festival

Best Festival (Small)
Giant Pumpkin Regatta, Tualatin

Best New Festival
Wurstfest, Mt. Angel

Best Cultural or Heritage
Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel

Best Performing or Fine Arts
World Beat, Salem

Best Sporting Event
Tractor Show and Pulls, Pottsville

Best Music Program
The Grotto's Festival of Lights

Most Innovative Marketing
Festival of the Arts, Brookings Harbor

Best Sponsor
Brookdale Senior Living, Albany

Volunteer
Jerry Lauzon, Mt. Angel

Best Vendor
Oh Boy! Oberto, Albany

Best Philanthropic
Portland Seafood & Wine Festival

2010

Best Festival (Large)
Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel

Best Festival (Small)
Brewer's Memorial Ale Festival, Rogue Ales

Best New Festival
Halloween 'Trunk of Treat', La Pine Parks and Rec

Best Cultural or Heritage
Fiesta Mexicana, Woodburn

Best Performing or Fine Arts
Oregon Divisional Chain Saw Champ., Reedsport

Best Music Program
World Beat Festival, Salem

Most Innovative Marketing
Summer Camp Program, Albany Parks and Rec.

Best Sponsor
Carino's Italian and Red Robin, Albany

Volunteer
Mike Myrzinski, Albany

Best Vendor
Pepsi Cola, Corvallis

Best Philanthropic
Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel

2011

Best Festival (Large)
Oregon Jamboree, Sweet Home

Best Festival (Small)
Corvallis Fall Festival

Best New Festival
Cheadle Challenge, Lebanon

Best Cultural or Heritage
Civil War Reenactment, NCWC

Best Performing or Fine Arts
World Beat, Salem

Best Music Program
Joan Jett Concert, NW Art & Air, Albany

Best Sporting Event
Kids Fun Run, Wilsonville Kiwanis

Most Innovative Marketing
Polio Panda Pgm., Albany Rotary Club

Best Sponsor
Oregon IBEW

Volunteer
Marisa Newnam, Salem World Beat

Best Vendor
Ameri-Gas

2012

Best Festival (Large)
Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel

Best Festival (Small)
Great Columbia Crossing, Astoria

Best New Festival
Zombie Chase, Albany

Best Cultural or Heritage
Cince de Mayo, Portland

Best Performing or Fine Arts
July 4th Concert, Albany

Best Music Program
World Beat, Salem

Best Sporting Event
Baker City Cycling Classic

Most Innovative Marketing
Giant Pumpkin Regatta, Tualatin

Best Sponsor(tie)
Lassen Auto/RV
Orville Roth, Silverton

Volunteer
Zach Romancier, Albany

Best Vendor(tie)
Gilgamesh Brewing, Salem
Honey Bucket, Oregon

Best Philantropic
Great Salt Lick Art Auction, Baker City

2013

Best Festival (Large)
Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival, Astoria

Best Festival (Small)
River Rhythms, Albany

Best New Festival
Hazelnut Festival, Mt. Angel

Best Cultural or Heritage
America's Global Village, Ontario

Best Performing or Fine Arts
We Like 'Em Short Film Festival, Baker City

Best Sporting Event
Ugly Sweater 5k, Seaside Parks

Best Music Program
NW Art & Air Festival, Albany

Most Innovative Marketing
Christmas in the Garden, Oregon Garden

Best Sponsor
Oregon Freeze Dry, Albany

Volunteer
Chuck and Lise Grato

Best Vendor
E C Company, Albany

Best Philanthropic
Durkee Steak Feed, Durkee

2014

Best Festival (Large)
Portland Rose Festival

Best Festival (Small)
Hell's Canyon Motocycle Rally, Baker City

Hidden Gem
Haunted Hayride, Willamalane

Impact Award
Children's Performing Arts, Albany

Best Music Festival
Powder City Music Review, Baker City

Fundraising Event
East West Shrine Game, Baker City

Most Innovative Marketing
Goodsnitch, Oregon

Innovation Award
Red Robin Family Zone, Albany

Room 419 Award
Super Hero Half K

Best Sponsor
Les Schwab Tires, Oregon

Best Supplier
Takeena Kiwanis, Albany

Oregon Volunteer
Jeremiah Price, Springfield

2015

Best Festival (Large)
The Oregon Garden

Best Festival (Small)
Pendleton Bike Week

Hidden Gem
Willamalane Must-Dash

Impact Award
Marion County Fair

Best Music Festival
Albany Parks, Doughtry

Fundraising Event
Marion County Fair

Most Innovative Marketing
Portland Rose Festival, Peedee

Innovation Award
Albany Parks and Rec

Room 419 Award
Hood to Coast Race Series

Best Sponsor
Matt and Janel Bennet, Albany

Best Supplier
All Star Tent

Oregon Volunteer
Chris Whitfield, Albany

2016

Best Festival (Large)
The Oregon State Fair

Best Festival (Small)
Lebanon Brewfest

Hidden Gem
A Tour to Die For, Lincoln City

Impact Award
Dancing with Sea Lions, Florence Events Center

Best Music Festival
Pinefest, Halfway

Most Innovative Marketing
Tap & Taste, Willamalane

Innovation Award
Point One Run, Portland Rose Festival

Room 419 Award
NW Art & Air Festival, Albany

Best Sponsor
Selmet, Inc., Albany

Best Supplier
Funtastic Shows

Oregon Volunteer
Takena Kiwanis Club, Albany

2017

Best Festival (Large)
Spirit Mtn. Grand Floral Parade

Best Festival (Small)
River Fusion 22

Hidden Gem
Taste of Nordic, Baker City

Impact Award
World Beat, Salem

Best Music Festival
Summer Sounds, Albany Parks

Most Innovative Marketing
Mario County Fair, Salem

Innovation Award
Garibaldi Days, Garibaldi

The WOW! Factor
Katie Nooshazar, Albany Parks

Best Sponsor
Arauco, Albany

Best Supplier
Adam's Rib, Salem

Oregon Volunteer
Ed Green, Oregon Garden

2018

Best Festival (Large)
Waterfront Blues Festival

Best Festival (Small)
Millersburg Celebration

Hidden Gem
Newberry Event Music Festival

Impact Award
Oregon State Capitol Foundation

Best Music Festival
Eastern Oregon Tribute Fest

Most Innovative Marketing
Cheers to Katie, Albany Parks and Rec

Innovation Award
Linn Co FCU Golf Palooza, Lebanon

The WOW! Factor
Pendleton Whiskey Music Festival

Best Sponsor
Power Chevrolet

Best Supplier
Xtreme Grafx, Albany

Oregon Volunteer
Bill and Colleen Taylor, Heins

2019

Best Festival (Large)
Lebanon Strawberry Festival

Best Festival (Small)
Freedom Festival, Central Point

Hidden Gem
Philomath Public Safety Chili Cook-Off

Impact Award
America's Global Village Festival, Ontario

Best Music Festival
Oregon Jamboree, Sweet Home

Most Innovative Marketing
City of Tualatin, Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Innovation Award
Rascal Rodeo

The WOW! Factor
The Woods, Marion County Fair

Best Sponsor
Adam's Rib Smoke House, Salem

Best Supplier
Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers, Lake Oswego

Oregon Volunteer
Ken & Shirley McPheron, Baker City

2020

Winners will be announced at our annual conference on March 6, 2021

 

Best Festival (Large)

Best Festival (Small)

Hidden Gem

Impact Award

Best Music Festival

Most Innovative Marketing

Innovation Award

The WOW! Factor

Best Sponsor

Best Supplier

Oregon Volunteer

Scroll To Top