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FROM THE DESK OF Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam


Celebrating 500 Years…..


2013 marks 500 years since the


Adam H. Putnam Commissioner


discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon. In celebration of Florida’s 500th anniversary, the Florida State Fair branded this year’s 12-day event “Discover the Fun.” In addi- tion to staples of the Fair – the live- stock shows, Deep Fried Twinkies and the Giant Slide – there were new, interactive opportunities to learn about Florida’s 500-year his- tory. On Opening Day, Governor Rick


Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Offi- cer Jeff Atwater joined me at the Florida State Fair to light the rides on the midway, present awards at the livestock show and ride down the Giant Slide. We also spent some time exploring the new exhibits celebrating Florida’s 500th anniversary. At the Fair, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Con-


sumer Services debuted “Florida Agriculture: Then and Now,” a traveling exhibit that demonstrates the exponential growth and impact of Florida’s agriculture industry over the last five centuries. The Florida State Fair is not the only venue where visitors can find this exhibit. Next, the exhibit will make its way to the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair (February 21 through March 3), the Clay County Fair (April 4 through 9) and the South Florida Fair (January 17 through February 2, 2014). Also at the Florida State Fair, the Florida Cattlemen’s


Foundation unveiled a new museum. "Florida Cattle Ranch- ing: Five Centuries of Tradition" tells the story of one of Flor- ida’s oldest and most important agriculture sectors. The multi-media exhibit traces cattle ranching from its early be- ginnings in the 1500s through present day. Other opportunities visitors had to explore Florida’s history


at the Fair include the “Discovery Center,” a Tampa Bay His- tory Center curated exhibit, and the “ConquistaTOUR,” a self -guided adventure through the Florida State Fair including Florida’s Learning Garden and Cow Hunter’s Camp in Cracker Country. In addition, fairgoers could “Discover Florida” with a Broadway-style musical per- formance. Florida’s 500th anniversary


is a tremendous opportunity for Florida’s fairs to celebrate Flor- ida’s rich history and culture.


Attorney’s Corner By Lance Fuchs


“SUNBIZ WEBSITE” Lance Fuchs Typically during a Fair, most Foster & Fuchs, P.A.


associations are aware of the parties they are contracting with such as midway provid- ers, concessionaires and vendors, all of whom are all part of the “fair industry.” However, given that Fair associa- tions also enter into contracts with local businesses and promotion companies for offseason events, often, Fair management is unaware of who owns the business, who its officers are and whether or not the business entity is recognized by the State of Florida. There is a simple way to check. A web site is maintained by the Florida Secre- tary of State (www.sunbiz.org) which allows the general public at no charge to confirm all of the above. Simply go to www.sunbiz.org and click on look up a business name. There you can determine the particular legal entity (corporation, partnership or limited liability company), find out who the officers, partners or managers are, and if it is an active entity. If it is an inactive entity, or dissolved en- tity, or if the person who says they represent the com- pany is not listed, further inquiry would be warranted prior to entering into a contract.


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