PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. - (June 6, 2020) – The Southeast Tourism Society has named Englewood Beach Waterfest an STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for November 2020. This is the second consecutive year the event has earned an STS Top 20 Event honor.

Englewood Beach Waterfest is Nov. 19 - 22 in Englewood and Manasota Key. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

“We are appreciative to be recognized as a premier event on Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast and honored it is included as a top 20 event in the Southeastern United States. This recognition is a testament to the tireless efforts of our board of directors, hundreds of volunteers, and sponsors who work throughout the year to bring together Englewood Beach Waterfest,” said Steve Gardiner, president of Englewood Beach Waterfest.

Englewood Beach Waterfest is a celebration of everything water. Included in the celebration is a block party with music, food, and display of race boats; Waterfest Village and the Family Conservation Center with interactive exhibits showcasing the conservation of Southwest Florida's marine life, coastal waterways, and beaches; food, entertainment, and vendors; and the Offshore Powerboat Association's World Championship Races. Englewood Beach Waterfest is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Events take place in Englewood and Manasota Key.

Information about Englewood Beach Waterfest is available at englewoodbeachwaterfest.com and Facebook.com/englewoodbeachwaterfest

“For 35 years, STS has been spotlighting the best festivals and events in the Southeast with our Top 20 Festival and Events program.  Our goal is to highlight the efforts of devoted event organizers and provide additional media exposure and accolades for their events,” said Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “The Southeast offers so many unique, year-round, opportunities for tourists and festival-goers to create memories and support the tourism industry-–a vital economic generator for communities.”

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. The online nomination link and submission deadlines are available at SoutheastTourism.org or by calling 770-542-1523.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 14 states: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, contact Steve Gardiner with Englewood Beach Waterfest at 941-661-5308 or src_g@comcast.net.

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Credit: Englewood Beach Waterfest.