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T e Fir r c e July 2011


President’s Message What a great convention. What a great industry we are all asso-


ciated with. I would like to thank all that contributed to the conven- tion, speakers, sponsors, associates and most of all the partici- pants. Thanks to our Zone II members that made it to North Flor- ida and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s convention.


I hope each of you where able to gather valuable information, whether at the workshops and


table topics or networking with other members. The Florida Federation of Fairs mission is clear; Increase the overall quality of Florida’s Agricultural Fairs, provide the members the sup- port and guidance needed to enlighten our youth and educate the fairgoers on agricul- ture, trade, entertainment and heritage of Florida.


That is the job of the federation and you can be assured that as President I will do my best to


lead the federation toward our goal. If the board of directors or I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call. I look for-


ward to seeing each and every one of you at the Summer Workshop in Plant City. CE Happy Norris CFE


FLORIDA FEDERATION OF FAIRS AND IAFE ZONE II HOLD SUCCESSFUL EVENT!


The Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows, Inc. 60th Annual Convention and IAFE


Zone II Meeting – entitled “Rev Your Engines” was held in St. Augustine, FL May 19th – 21st. For the first time ever, an IAFE Zone Meeting was held in conjunction with a statewide Asso-


ciation Convention. As a pilot program, combining the Florida Federation of Fairs Convention and the IAFE Zone II Meeting was deemed a great success. With over 440 people in atten- dance, representing 34 Florida Fairs, 12 Zone II Fairs and Associations, and over 150 Associate members.


Workshop which will be held July 29th and 30th at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL


2011 Summer Workshop Highlights Mark your calendar to attend this year’s Summer


Friday—July 29th


Welcome Reception—6:30 pm Dinner—7:00 pm


Sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Festival Saturday—July 30th


Program—8:00 am till 3:00 pm


See page 28 for a more detailed article on the Summer Workshop program


Meeting Notice The Florida Federation of


Fairs Board of Directors will meet as follows:


Date: Friday, July 29th Time: 1:30 pm


Place: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, FL.


The Board meeting will be


held prior to the Summer Workshop which will kick-off with dinner at the Festival at 6:30 pm Friday evening.


A PUBLICATION OF THE FLORIDA FEDERATION OF FAIRS & LIVESTOCK SHOWS, INC.


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