TAVARES — Lake County’s Wings & Wildflowers Festival won first place in social media during the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) Convention & Tradeshow in Orlando on Thursday.
The Lake County Economic Development and Tourism Division and Lake County Communications Department accepted the “SUNsational” award for their work on the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
“We are thrilled to accept this award and thankful our hard work has been recognized by our peers,” said Robert Chandler, Lake County Economic Growth Director. “Our first class Communications Department continues to impress with their ability to enhance and expand our marketing efforts each year.”
The 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival, to be held Oct. 2-4 at Leesburg’s Venetian Gardens, shines a spotlight on Lake County’s growing reputation as Florida’s premier birding destination. The goal of the festival is to increase awareness and appreciation of Lake County’s ecotourism, natural resources and quality of life.
The festival features field trips to birding hotspots and wildflower havens and brings some of the nation's top birding, wildflower and nature experts to the area. This year’s keynote speakers include James Currie, a native of South Africa, conservationist, lifelong birder and host of Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV; Dr. Ken Meyer, associate professor with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida; Gallus Quigley, expert birder, biologist and Trails Specialist with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, and Melinda Myers, contributing editor for “Birds & Blooms” magazine and host of “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV and radio show.
To find out more about the Wings & Wildflowers Festival, visit www.wingsandwildflowers.com, www.facebook.com/WingsandWildflowers and www.twitter.com/wingswildflower. For details on Gallus Quigley’s 2015 Lake County Big Year challenge, visit lakecountybigyear.wordpress.com.