Local event honored at state festival meeting

The Jefferson County 5K RunWalkDance won the Bronze Award for Event of the Year during the Arkansas Festival & Events Association’s 2014 annual conference at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

The Arkansans Love Festivals & Events Awards honor the best of Arkansas’ festivals and special events. The categories are Best New Festival, Outstanding New Idea, Volunteer of the Year, Festival of the Year and Event of the Year.

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.

Saracen Landing Manager Trudy Redus said the 5K highlighted First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative against childhood obesity. The inaugural event was held Sept. 7, 2013.