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High Honors for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015Bristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (BRRR) music festival has been designated one of Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Top 20 Events. The best events across 12 southeastern states compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation.

Through a nomination process, Southeast Tourism Society chooses the Top 20 Events in the southeast for each month of the year and publishes the list of winners quarterly. Events must have more than 1,000 in attendance and be in at least its third year of existence. Judging is based on unique aspects of the event including the economic impact to the community, community involvement, attendance, or other awards the event has won.

"Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is, beyond a doubt, a community event even though it draws people from all over the world," said Leah Ross, executive director of Birthplace of Country Music, the parent organization of BRRR. "From our cities, our board and staff, to our hundreds of volunteers and community sponsors, our success is the result of their support."

This year Bristol Rhythm also achieved ranking among the American Bus Association's premier Top 100 Events in North America. In 2014, the festival took home the "Best of Show" Pinnacle Award from Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, "Best Festival" Kaleidoscope Award from Southeast Festivals & Events Association, and received the Bristol Mayors' Award of Distinction.

The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications, and others.

The 15th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival takes place September 18-20, 2015 in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. For tickets and more information visit www.BristolRhythm.com.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a 3-day music experience bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, several blocks of State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia are amped to the beat of Appalachia's past, present, and future. A celebration of the twin cities' heritage as the birthplace of country music, Bristol Rhythm features the very best in roots music talent from the region and beyond.

Founded in 1983, Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the region by uniting all segments of the Travel and Tourism Industry, sharing resources, fostering cooperation, provide continuing education and promoting tourism within and to member states. It is the vision of STS to create, maintain and promote a cohesive, broad based membership organization responsive to the development of travel and tourism organizations and professionals within the southeast U.S.A. Member states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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