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President’s Message Hello everyone! The spring Fair season is here and every-

Lisa Hinton, Executive Director 12802 Balm Boyette Road Riverview, Florida 33579

Phone: 813-763-0161 Fax: 888-233-1501

President Dan West

Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows, Inc. Manatee County Fair

Mailing Address and Location: 1402 14th Ave W Palmetto, FL 34221

Phone: 941-722-1639 Fax: 941-722-5054 Email:

one is hard at work making those last minute preparations for opening day! Since our last Fair Cracker, we have had a very busy schedule in addition to Christmas and New Year’s. I had the great opportunity to travel to Las Vegas in November and take part in the IAFE Convention. I met so many wonderful people from across the country and had many great Fair dis-

cussions. I strongly recommend the IAFE Convention to everyone! If you have not attended please try to go later this year. Also, at the IAFE Convention our very own Lisa Hinton was named the “Executive Director of the Year” for 2012. We are all so proud of Lisa and appreciate what she does for our indus- try on a daily basis. Congratulations Lisa! In December, the Federation of Fairs Board met in beautiful Lake County

Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows, Inc. Board of Directors

OFFICERS President

Dan West, Manatee County Fair First Vice President

Gayle Hart, Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Second Vice President

Rick Vymlatil, South Florida Fair Secretary-Treasurer

Tom Umiker, Greater Hillsborough County Fair Immediate Past President

C.E. “Happy” Norris, Lake County Fair DIRECTORS

Felecia Frenkel Chivington Pensacola Interstate Fair

Wanda Jones, Columbia County Fair

Albert Montes, Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Bill Olson, Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Charles Pesano, Florida State Fair Dawn Rowe, Osceola County Fair Pete Sutton, Clay County Fair Jim Ward, Pasco County Fair


Vicki Oler-Senecal, Oler Productions Mark Sparks, Triangle Talent


Florida Dept. of Agriculture, Farmers Market Division

Frankie Hall Florida Farm Bureau

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and many of you came and visited with us during that time. On February 1st, I visited the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach and had a great time seeing all of our friends and the wonderful fairgrounds that they have there. I was especially excited to see all of the presidential memorabilia that they had on display. On February 7th, I was able to attend the Governor’s Luncheon at the Florida State Fair along with Lisa Hinton, Martha Leverock and Pete Sutton. It was a great time to be at the Florida State Fair on their opening day! Many of the other Fairs from across Florida were represented on the occasion to hear from Governor Scott and other members of the Florida Cabinet. At this time, information has been sent out to all Fairs regarding the FFF

for the winter meeting to discuss plans for our upcoming convention in May. I want to thank Happy Norris and his family again for hosting the meetings and providing a great dinner for us! The ribs were out of this world! In January, we had our 97th Manatee County Fair which was a great success

Convention in May. If you have any questions or need more information please contact myself or Lisa. I hope everyone with a Fair coming up has a great run and will make lasting memories for your Fair patrons!

Fair Well! Daniel West, Federation President

Message from

the Executive Director It’s just about time to “Kick It Up’ “ at this year’s Annual

Federation Convention and IAFE Zone II Meeting. Be sure to check out our website at for all the Convention and Zone II information and don’t forget – you can register online! Zone II will be back with us again! This will give us a chance to make new

friends and visit with old acquaintances. Also, what a great opportunity for our Associate members to get exposure to even more Fairs! Your Convention Committee is planning a great event for you with new and

exciting ideas. You won’t want to miss this year’s President’s Party honoring Dan West – the event will be fun for all so come ready for a “Not So Wild West” good time! There are also a wide variety of educational workshops, panels, and round table discussions – the opportunity to learn and share is unlimited! A special thanks also to all our Associate Members for their continued sup-

port of our organization. Our goal is to better our industry by working hand in hand. Hope we see you at the Convention – Zone II Meeting!

Lisa Hinton, Executive Director, CFE

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