600 Festival Association Celebrates 30 Years of History in the Charlotte Region
Mar 18, 2014




Two new roles within the organization will help enhance the 2014 events.

HARRISBURG, N.C. (March 18, 2014) – The 600 Festival Association, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting and celebrating motor sports in the Charlotte region, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To facilitate growth, Jim Banbury has been appointed as chairman of the board and a general manager, Jacqueline Gafrarar, has been added.

Originally formed to help promote the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 600 Festival Association has made a significant impact on the community by bringing race fans to the city early, promoting a positive image of the city, and providing free entertainment and motor sports education to local residents. The organization has created a variety of interactive fan experiences over the last 30 years including an air show in Concord, parades throughout the region, bicycle races, and, most notably, Speed Street, a multiday consumer festival in Uptown Charlotte celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014.

“Since its inception, the 600 Festival has created countless memories for the Charlotte community,” said Jay Howard, president of the 600 Festival Association. “As we look to the future, the leadership Jim Banbury and Jacqueline Gafrarar can provide will allow the 600 Festival Association to innovate and introduce more unforgettable moments.”

Banbury, communication manager for the City of Charlotte, will be at the helm as the 600 Festival Association looks toward its next 30 years. The longest-standing member of the association’s board will preside over board meetings, serve as the liaison with civic and community partners, and communicate the value of the organization to the Charlotte region.

“I’m honored to serve the 600 Festival Association board and its partners in the communities we represent,” said Banbury. “Over the years, I’ve watched Speed Street grow into the pre-eminent festival in racing and become one of the jewels in Charlotte’s crown. As a board, our job is to keep the 600 Festival Association relevant, vibrant and reflective of the motor sports industry that is vital to this region.”

Gafrarar has accepted the role of general manager for the 600 Festival Association. Previously serving as vice president of special events at JHE Production Group, Gafrarar produced Speed Street for the past 16 years. In her new role, she will focus exclusively on the mission of the organization which includes planning, enhancing and orchestrating the 600 Festival Association’s events.

“I am thrilled to be dedicated to the work the 600 Festival Association does,” said Gafrarar. “I am looking forward to going back to the organization’s roots with some exciting enhancements in 2014 that will continue to support the reason it was originally formed.”

To learn more about the 600 Festival, visit www.600festival.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @600festival.


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