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aircrack NOVEMBER 2012 President’s

Message Well everyone, it’s Fair time

in Florida! As we enter the Fall season many Fairs are going to be kicking off soon and we wish

everyone across the state a wonderful Fair for 2012/13. Everyone at all of the Fairs does a tremendous job celebrating their county and Florida’s great agricultural heritage. With all of the hard work everyone has put in they are sure to be a tremendous success! Please take time this Fall to visit other Fairs in your area. In July, the Florida Federation of Fairs Sum-

mer Workshop was well attended with about 90 folks and 19 Fairs represented. It was a real pleasure hosting the event in Manatee County and, on behalf of the Federation, again I would like to thank Mr. Dan Molter and the Manatee County Fair Board of Directors for their hospi- tality. The 2012 Fair Tour took place September 28 through October 2nd and the group was able to visit three Fairs including the Big E in Spring- field, Massachusetts, the Fryeburg Fair in Frye- burg, Maine and the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Everyone enjoyed the time and the folks from the visited Fairs treated us as royalty. This trip this year included Lynann Hudson from the Florida State Fair, David Viers and Thom Giordano from the Volusia County Fair, Rhonda Ward and Laura Holland with the Collier County Fair, Lisa Hinton and Dan and Tracy West. If you get a chance to go on the tour next year please do so. It is well worth the time!

IMPORTANT DATES November 25 - 29, 2012

122nd Annual IAFE Convention and Trade Show

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada March 11—13, 2013

2013 Spring Seminar Grand Island, Nebraska

The focus topics to be covered at this event Will be Agriculture, Physical Plant Operations

(Maintenance) and Facility Usage (Year Round Events).

April 25—28, 2013

2013 Management Conference In West Palm Beach, FL

Hosted by The South Florida Fair May 16—18, 2013

Annual Florida Federation of Fairs Convention Waldorf Astoria, Naples, FL

May 15—17, 2014

Annual Florida Federation of Fairs Convention Waldorf Astoria, Naples, FL

FFF Committees are working diligently to prepare the next convention in May. Lisa has sent out information for the next Board meeting in Lake County with hotel informa- tion. I would like to thank Happy Norris and his family for hosting the upcoming Board meeting. Have a great Fall season and we will see you soon!

Fair Well! Daniel West

SUMMER WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON NETWORK AND SHARING The Florida Federation of Fairs Summer Workshop was held July 27 & 28 at the Manatee

County Fairgrounds in Palmetto, FL. The event was hosted by the Manatee County Fair whose manager, Dan West, is the current President of the Florida Federation of Fairs. There were ninety attendees representing nineteen Fairs from throughout the State of Flor-

ida. The two day event kicked off Friday afternoon with a series of educational sessions fol- lowed by a welcome dinner provided by the Manatee County Fair and co-sponsored by Belle City Amusements and Event Marketing Corporation.



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