held July 27th – 28th in Plant City, FL. The event was hosted by the Florida Strawberry Festival. This year’s Federation President, Paul Davis, is the Executive Director of the Strawberry Festival and the current President of the Florida Federation of Fairs. The Festival definitely “rolled out the red carpet” for our attendees as their staff worked diligently to make everything perfect – especially dinner on Friday night! From a snowball fight, to focus groups, a new do and dine

A snowball fight in July?!? In Florida?!? You bet!!!! The Florida Federation of Fairs Summer Workshop was

A special thanks to Belle City Amusements

(Charles Panacek - left), EMC Tickets (not pic- tured); and Paul Davis

and Sandee Sytsma with the Florida Strawberry Festival

event, and a great series of workshops on Crisis Communi- cation – it was a great success. The first day of the two-day event was devoted to the

snowball fight. For this event, Paul Davis became the target for the snowballs as attendees threw out “snowballs” with the topics they wanted to discuss. Through a series of steps facilitated by Rita DeMier Lincoln with the South Flori- da Fair, the topics were broken down into 7 areas for dis- cussion. Attendees were then able to select the table with the topics that most interested them. The room “buzzed” with the conversations initiated by this process. Following that, the attendees participated in Focus Groups

to discuss the current and future direction of Federation events and activities. Lots of great feedback and new ideas were presented. The group then had the opportunity to tour the new Festival concert stadium and see first-hand this great new facility. While getting ready for dinner

Alyssa Olson paints a suncatcher.

Photo taken by Erin Munz, Sumter County Fair - Most Creative

(from Do & Dine Table - On The Spot Photo Contests)

that night, attendees participated in a “Do and Dine.” Okay, this did push some people a little out of their comfort zone as attendees were assigned to a series of 10 tables with activities to “Do” while they “Dined.” The goal of this event was to get everyone in- volved in activities that could also be done at their Fair and get them to meet new people (everyone was assigned to a table with folks from other Fairs). The Do and Dine tables were all facilitated by volunteers that created the pro- ject and included: Veggie Sculp- tures (by Rhonda Ward, Collier County Fair); Shaving Cream Stationary Creations (by Pat Cookson, Collier County Fair);

for sponsoring the Welcome Dinner.

Painted Rocks (by Fran Crone, Southwest FL & Lee County Fair); Shell Creations (by Mary Hiers, Citrus County Fair); A Bucket of Junk (by Terry Atchley, Hardee County Fair); Painting Giant Puzzle Pieces (by Suzanne Holcomb, Hills- borough County Fair); Tie-Dye bandanas (by Cheryl Flood, Florida State Fair); Emoji Painting (by Bill Olson, Greater Jacksonville Ag Fair); On-Site Photography Contests (by Rita DeMier Lincoln, South Florida Fair); and Lego mania (by Stacey Wade, Osceola County Fair). Friday night’s Welcome dinner was an amazing taste of

treats and was co-sponsored by Belle City Amusements, EMC Tickets; and the Florida Strawberry Festival. It was an all you can eat brisket, ribs, prime rib, chicken, and shrimp. What a feast! It was a great evening with great food, a relaxing format, and time to network with all our Flor- ida Fair friends.

Danny Alvarez

Saturday was a day devoted to work- shops and discussions on Crisis Com- munications. Through Paul Davis’s and Tim Lovett’s contacts with the Plant City Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s depart- ment, there was an awesome array of expertise presented on: The Im- portance of Having an Emergency Plan and The Components Your Plan Should Have; It’s an Emergency! What Would You Do?; How to Handle the Media in the After-

math of a Crisis; and Preparing for Insurance and Legal Is- sues in the Aftermath of a Crisis. A special thanks to our speakers Corporal Stevie Carmack

with the Plant City Police Department and Danny Alvarez with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department.

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A Snowball Fight, Focus Groups, Do and Dine, and Crisis Communications!!

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