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Louisville Shines as a Festival City

Seven Louisville-based festivals recently won kudos as top festivals based on their success and growth.

Louisville, which recently was named one of the best places to host an event by the International Festivals and Events Association, as one of the best places to host an event in North America, also had seven events recognized by two US tourism groups.

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Abbey Road on the River, Kentucky Derby Festival, Forecastle Festival, Street Rod Nationals Plus® and WorldFest as Top 20 Spring/Summer Events for 2011.

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA), formerly the Kentucky Tourism Council, also recognized Abbey Road on the River, and added the Senior PGA Championship.

We have written previously about the Forecastle Festival, the Street Rod Nationals, and WorldFest. Forecastle Festival will be in different form this year, operating as performances in a series of bars and clubs July 8 & 9 as “Halfway to Forecastle.”  The full Forecastle is to return in 2012.

The change is a result of Forecastle founder JK McKnight joining the producer of the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, AC Entertainment, to be its National Sponsorship Director.

 The 72nd Senior PGA Championship will return to Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club May 24-29; and two days after the PGA starts, Louisville also will host Abbey Road on the River.

More information about the PGA event and Abbey Road on the River will be posted here in coming weeks.

Through a nomination process, Southeast Tourism Society chooses the Top 20 events for each month of the year from unique events across the Southeast.

For the KTIA Top 10 list, judges decide the seasonal list based on nominations place by KTIA members across the state. Criteria for judging included popularity of the event, its impact on the local tourism economy as well as cultural and historical significance.

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