The South Carolina Festival & Event Association held its annual conference and trade show Jan. 21-23.
During the Excellence Awards presentation on Thursday, the organization recognized individuals and communities that deliver events throughout the year.
Award winners from North Augusta were:
Jodi Cronk, Volunteer of the Year: Cronk was entertainment chairwoman for SpringFest 2013 and the Jack-o-Lantern Jubiliee for the city of North Augusta.
Best Web Site: www.jackolanternjubilee.com, Ricky Jones of the city of North Augusta’s IT department was the lead designer
Best Poster: SpringFest 2013 poster, designed by Lauren Virgo, former director at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta and currently the curator at the Augusta Museum of History
Hospital limits visits by children
Georgia Regents Medical Center has temporarily restricted hospital visits by those under 12 years old to help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, according to a news release. Anyone with flu-like symptoms is also asked to refrain from visiting patients at the hospital or Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
Applications due for tourism funding
The Aiken County Tourism Bureau is accepting tourism development applications until March 14.
The funds are to be used for tourism development with priority of funding to be in Aiken County’s unincorporated areas.
Organizations seeking local accommodations tax funds should have 50 percent matching funds. The funds must be used for tourism-related projects such as civic centers, coliseums and aquariums; cultural, recreational or historic facilities; tourism-related land and water access; for highways road, streets and bridges that provide access to tourist destinations; or water and sewer infrastructure that serves tourism-related demands.
The projects must occur and be completed between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.
For an application and guidelines, call (803) 642-7557 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be turned in before noon March 14.
Wild game dinner benefit is Saturday
The 11th annual Wild Game Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center.
The menu includes a variety of wild game such as deer, elk, quail, duck, turkey and shrimp.
Entertainment will be provided by Doug and The Henrys. A Kid’s Cove Area for children will offer Wii games and other activities.
The silent auction will feature items from area businesses including golf courses, restaurants, Six Flags, and mountain and beach getaways. Drawings will also be held.
Adult tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; $7 for ages younger than 12; and free for ages three and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the church office.
The event benefits the church’s Windows All Church Retreat.