OzMoMu brings home ALFiE award

Friday, February 5, 2016

The winners of the 2015 ALFiE Awards, given by the Arkansas Festivals & Events Association, were announced recently during the association's 32nd Annual Conference at the Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock.

The ALFiEs, an acronym for "Arkansans Love Festivals and Events," honor the best and the brightest in the preceding year. The awards were presented by Association Executive Director Jenna Friday.

Winner of the 2015 ALFiE for "Best New Festival or Event" was the Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu), held in historic downtown Eureka Springs at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. The third annual four-day/three-night, Thursday through Sunday event was held Jan. 21-24, 2016.

"This award recognizes events that are still within their first five years," explained Friday, "and judging is based on the operation's growth, uniqueness and community contribution."

Mary Howze, activities director for the Basin Park Hotel and its sister property, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, also located in Eureka Springs, accepted the award for the hotel.

"January can be a bit slow in Eureka so we wanted to offer something that would bring folks to town. So we chose a very popular Ozark platform, a music festival," Howze noted. "And since it can get a little chilly in The Ozarks in January, we thought we would put our 'outdoor festival' indoors at the Basin Park Hotel. The idea has worked and worked well."

More than 12 bands entertained on the hotel's three stages in addition to the hotel's Balcony Restaurant. The 300-plus ticketed patrons filled the hotel for three nights with an overnight spillover to nearby lodging facilities.

"OzMoMu is accomplishing everything we wanted it to do," Howze said. "It not only brings exciting music to our town as it gathers together the regional music community during their 'cold break' from other festivals but it also brings people to town during a slow time of the year. People who spend the night, eat in local restaurants, shop in local shops and have a pretty good time, too!"

Dates have been set for OzMoMu4: Jan. 19-22, 2017. For more information regarding the award-winning festival, one may go to www.OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com .

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