The first annual Fringey Awards was a huge success! We would like to thank all who participated in the event. Overall, we received 37 video trailers of Fringe performances and thousands of hits to the site daily. The Fringey Awards made it possible for fans of the Minnesota Fringe Festival to engage with the event in a fun, interactive way. It allowed fans to sneak preview of some of the performances and vote on their favorite trailers, while performers received free advertising for their shows.
This past Sunday, just after 11:00 pm, the winner of the Fringey Awards was announced by Jonathan Hamilton of VISI at the Guthrie. The two runners-up, both receiving one year worth of free Web hosting from VISI, were The Traveling Musicians and The Harty Boys in: The Case of the Limping Platypus. The grand prize winner also received one year worth of free Web hosting as well as $500 from VISI. Jonathan announced Sarah, Your Ovaries Are Drying Up: The Musical as the winner before handing them a giant check, which they held above their heads in pride as the crowd of 500+ people began to chant “Big check, big check!” We could not have asked for a more excited, dynamic, and engaged group of people. Our hope is that the Fringey Awards will spiral into something even bigger next year.
Click on the thumbnails below to view the full-sized images of the closing night ceremony.