South Florida Fair Honored With 10 Statewide Awards And Director’s Award

Rita De Mier with her award.

The South Florida Fair was among the big winners at the Florida Festivals & Events Association’s annual SUNsational Awards during FFEA’s 23rd annual convention and trade show. The program recognizes members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration.

The fair won three first-place awards for its web site, sponsor program and advance fair tickets; four second-place awards for an event photo, the fair’s Facebook page and radio ad, and Yesteryear Village’s education program; and three third-place awards for the fair’s Instagram, Spookyville’s Facebook page and the fair’s Event Guide (daily schedule).

In addition, FFEA CEO Suzanne Neve presented Rita De Mier, the fair’s director of marketing and creative services, with the first director’s award for consistently going above and beyond with her FFEA volunteer support.

“The branding and design that you see throughout the conference and leading up to the event would not be possible without her,” Neve said. “Her marketing and design expertise has helped FFEA reach new heights in membership, conference registration and overall branding. She has been a leader in her organization and her industry, as well as a leader for FFEA and several other nonprofit organizations.”

FFEA accepted nominations in nine categories: Printed Materials, Outdoor Advertisement, PR/Media Campaign, Photo, Promotional Item, T-shirt, Broadcast Media, Multimedia Marketing and Programming.

Each category included three budget levels. A total of 130 events submitted materials for consideration.

Nominations were judged by a blue-ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, web site designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts. For the complete list, visit

“The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” Neve said. “We’re proud of our members and their events — and excited to recognize them in this way each year.”