Trade Magazine Ranks LeMoyne Festival Nation's Best

Aug 10, 2017

Local officials are gloating after a prominent trade journal named Tallahassee’s annual LeMoyne Art Festival the best in the nation.

The LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival was ranked No. 1 in the nation by "Sunshine Artist," a trade magazine for festivals. LeMoyne topped a list of the nation's 100 best show and design festivals, based on artist sales.
Credit LeMoyne Foundation

The magazine “Sunshine Artist” put the April event in Tallahassee’s downtown chain of parks at the top of a list of 100 fine arts and design shows nationwide, based on artist sales.

City Commissioner Gil Ziffer claimed bragging rights at hastily called press conference.

“We can say we have the No. 1 event in the country, which is really special. And that’s done, amazingly enough, it’s volunteer driven. Which is really quite incredible. And there are so many people engaged with this and involved with this, so being No. 1 is really quite special.”

Officials say the event drew 33,000 visitors and generated $1.4 million in local economic impact.

It also raised $95,000 for the non-profit foundation that operates the Le Moyne museum.