So, events industry awards day . . . Jeff was text-messaging me from Indianapolis during our City recap meeting with the bureaus. (Yeah, it's rude, but whatever.) My cell phone died, so I had to borrow Kristen's phone, which is falling apart. I had to text Jeff to send stuff to her phone, and her mailbox was almost full.
Comedy of errors.
I had this fantasy of how he would text me the news that the parade I manage was the best event in the world, and I would announce it at the meeting to the cops and transporation and parks people.
(I believe in visualizing success, and it often works.)
Anyway, the parade got the silver award for best even within a festival. And while I know that's really great, it's hard to take. Why, you might ask. Well, we could have really marketed the 'best event in the world' bit. It would have been good for two or three years.
Not to mention I would have loved it.
I can't see us putting 'second best event in the world' on anything.
Anyway, we did very well overall, winning 17 awards out of 22 entries (our best margin ever). I figured 15 would be a big success, so it's definitely a good result. We won gold and bronze for best promotion (on two of my favorite projects this year), golds for best news stunt, best new event, best event to benefit a charity, and three golds in the sponsor category (including best overall sponsorship program for the second year in a row). Living History won a bronze award for the third straight year, which surprised me, as I thought it was getting a little tired. Charlie's eNewsletter definitely deserved an award for the second year. Last year she won gold; this year silver. And second best ain't bad, like I said.
Still . . .
(And, yes, I know this is obnoxious, in the same vein as all those Olympians who whine over winning anything but gold, but I'm just being honest. When it comes to special events, I'm a fierce competitor.)