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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2019

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Named Festival of the Year by Southeast Tourism Society

October 02, 2016

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, presented by the Birthplace of Country Music, achieved the Shining Example Award for Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Event/Festival of the Year.

"Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion competed against attractions in 12 southeast states to achieve this award," said Leah Ross, executive director of the Birthplace of Country Music, the parent organization of the festival. "We know we have something very special with this event, and we are very humbled and grateful to receive this recognition."

Founded in 1983, the Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to promoting and developing tourism in its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Its headquarters are in Atlanta. The membership includes state travel offices, attractions, lodging properties, resorts, convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, travel media and other travel-related organizations.

"Shining Example Awards highlight some of the best work in travel and tourism, and winners truly set examples that others in the industry can follow," said STS President and CEO Bill Hardman.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has achieved a number of awards over the years including:


Pinnacle Award, Special Events Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association
Economic Impact


Top 20 Event Southeast Tourism Society

Top 100 Events in North America American Bus Association


Best Festival, Gold Kaleidoscope Southeast Festivals & Events Association

Best of Show Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

Pinnacle for Special Events Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

Pinnacle for Public Relations Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

Merit Award for Print & Multi-Media Advertising & Promotions Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

Bristol Mayors' Award of Distinction