IAAPA 2005: Big-E Awards announced

Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:52 PM | Contributed by Jeff

ATLANTA , GA (USA) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presented its seventh annual “BIG-E” Entertainment Awards today during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2005, the association’s 87 th annual conference and trade show at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The “BIG-E” awards honor amusement facility entertainment, performers, and the behind-the-scenes personnel who “make it happen” at attractions. Numerous awards are presented for quality of atmosphere, performers, shows, as well as overall production.

This year’s BIG-E award winners are:

Category 1 – Best Atmosphere Show Performance
Winner: Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA
Hon. Mention: The Lagoonatics, SeaWorld San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Category 2 – Best Female Performer
Winner: Eileen Cabrera, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA
Hon. Mention: Anne-Marie Sepe, Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

Category 3 – Best Male Performer
Winner: Eric DiCenzo, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Hon. Mention: Michael Howard, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Category 4 – Best Production- Parade Performance
Winner: Nickelodeon Celebration Parade, Paramount’s Kings Island, Kings Island, Ohio, USA
Hon. Mention: Summer Splash, Samsung Everland, Yongin-Si, Kyonggi-Do, Korea

Category 5 – Best Live “Edutainment Show”
Winner: One Wild World, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA
Hon. Mention: Wild Wings of Africa, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA

Category 6 – Best Sports Show
Winner: Xcelleration, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Hon. Mention: Trio Voila, Busch Gardens Entertainment Department

Category 7 – Best Overall Production: Under $25,000 USD
Winner: Monster Stomp, Busch Gardens Entertainment Department
Hon. Mention: Pure Country, Six Flags New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Category 8 – Best Overall Production: $25,001 to $50,000 USD
Winner: Love at First Fright, Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Hon. Mention: Snoopy Rocks!, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Category 9 – Best Overall Production: $50,001 to $100,000 USD
Winner: Twistin’ to the 60s, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Hon. Mention: Trash Time: We are the Best, Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

Category 10 – Best Overall Production: $100,001 to $200,000 USD
Winner: Christmas Celebration, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA
Hon. Mention: Iron Beats, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA

Category 11 – Best Overall Production: More Than $200,001 USD
Winner: Eclipse, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, UK ( England)
Hon. Mention: Arachnome, Phantasialand, Bruehl, Germany

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