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Faircracker SUMMER 2019


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retiring fair managers and our retiring Executive Director. It was bitter-sweet to honor these icons of the industry. Lisa Hinton, CFE Executive Director Florida Federation of Fairs; Happy Norris, Lake County Fair; Martha Levorock, CFE, Greater Jacksonville Ag Fair; Rick Vymlatil, CFE, South Florida Fair. This was Lisa’s second retirement having retired from the Florida State Fair after 24 years. She has served the Federation admirably for 13 years, she will be sorely missed.


The Federation’s Business Meeting was held during Saturday’s luncheon to conduct the official Federation business for the year. Thanks to Netterfield’s Popcorn & Lemonade, Inc. and US Sugar Corporation for sponsoring lunch.


And the grand finale was Saturday night’s “Gala” continuing the theme it was again “Lights! Camera! Gala!” a spectacular presentation of awards, showcases, and our presentation of the Hall of Fame and Associate of the Year recipients. Thanks to EMC Tickets for spon- soring this year’s Gala and to Steve Lombardo (Fritzy Bros. One Man Circus) for taking on the duties of Master of Ceremonies.


Jeff Shreaves, CFE, Director of Information at the Florida State Fair was recognized for receiving his CFE designation.


The membership award was presented to Joel Bieschke and Larry Chamberlin of Cre- ative Community Promotions LLC.


This year’s IAFE Institute Management Scholarship was awarded to Rachael Wolfe, High- lands County Fair and presented by Scooter Korek of North American Midway Enter- tainment.


Special recognition also went to this year’s Convention Scholarship winners: Penny Buck- les, Flagler County Fair; Quinlan Wolfe, Highlands County Fair; Karah Yamamoto, Martin County Fair. The YPI Scholarship was awarded to Anastasia Sturgis, Central Florida Fair.


The Year in Review video is always a highlight of the evening. Sponsored by SW Florida & Lee County Fair and pre- pared by the South Florida Fair. The Florida State Fair gave the “In Memory” presentation.


Two special prizes were awarded: Diamond Earrings courtesy of Ross Concessions and a gift that included a watch and adult beverages courtesy of Robert Smith Presents.


Bianco’s Foods sponsored the Directory Cover contest. The four winners were: Clay County Fair, Hillsborough County Fair, Miami-Dade County Fair, Osceola County Fair.


This year’s Hall of Fame award was presented to Dan West, manager of the Manatee County Fair and Past Federation President. Dan was recognized for his dedication to the Fair industry and the Federation as well as the Manatee County Fair and has made a positive impact on his community.


The Associate of the Year award was presented to Kathy Ross who, with her husband Jeff and son, Aj, run Ross Concessions. Kathy has served as a Director with the Florida Federation of Fairs and has been chairman of the enor- mously successful Annual Fair Partner’s Shootout. Kathy is also the current President of NICA.


The evening closed with a Toast to the incoming President Bill Olson, CFE, Greater Jacksonville Ag Fair as well as to our Hall of Fame and Associate of the Year recipients. It was noted that Bill is the youngest to serve as President of the Federation and first YPI member to hold that office. The toast was sponsored by Belle City Amusements.


We thank our sponsors for making this year’s event possible and acknowledge that without the technical support of these members there would be no “Showtime!” Jeff Shreaves, Florida State Fair; Joe Jones, St Lucie County Fair; Shawnee Services, Inc. and Tech-Tronics Productions.


It was definitely “Showtime” as we came together to network, educate and support each other in this exciting industry. We invite everyone to come again next year – May 14 – 16, 2020 as we return to the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine.


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