Faircracker SUMMER 2019

OFFICERS President

Bill Olson, CFE, President/CEO

Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair 510 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 Phone: 904-353-0535

First Vice President

Jim Ward, Pasco County Fair Second Vice President

Rhonda Ward, Collier County Fair Secretary/Treasurer

Terry Atchley, Hardee County Fair

Immediate Past President Paul Davis

Florida Strawberry Festival DIRECTORS

Eddie Cora, Miami-Dade County Fair

Fran Crone, SW FL & Lee County Fair Mark Harvey, North Florida Fair

Shawn Krauel, Central Florida Fair Rita DeMier Lincoln, South Florida Fair Hal Porter, Citrus County Fair

Stacey Wade, Osceola County Fair ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

Richard George, George’s Fun Foods Heidi Deggeller Pugh


Florida Dept. of Agriculture Scot Eubanks, Florida Farm Bureau


P.O. Box 368

Palmetto, FL 34220-0368 813-763-0161


The Florida Federation of Fairs Board of Directors Meeting Friday, September 6, 2019 At 10:00 AM

Jacksonville Fairgrounds

Dan West Named Executive Director Dan West, Manager of the Manatee County Fair,

has been selected to succeed the recently retired Lisa Hinton as the Florida Federation of Fairs Execu- tive Director. “After attending my first meeting for the Florida Federation of Fairs in 2001, I fell in love with the people and knew this is where I wanted to take my career,” stated West. Having been Manag- er for the Manatee County Fair for over 15 years, Dan will remain in his present managerial position as he takes over the role as the Federation Executive Director. All too familiar with the inner workings of the Federation, Dan sat on the Board of Directors from 2005-2014, served as its President from 2012- 2013 and is the most recent honoree of the Florida Federation of Fairs Hall of Fame.

ideas that I’m ready to implement and hope that I can make her proud with what I have in store for this position,” commented West. Dan plans to attend as many fairs as possible so that he can use collaborative ideas and imple- ment them throughout, in hopes of making each fair the best it can be. “I want to create new ideas that can be used universally for improving county fairs,” says West. One idea that Dan wants to capitalize on is properly edu- cating the public about county fairs and reminding people what the county fair is all about, family and fun, which has gotten a bit lost over the years. “I hope that by properly educating the public I’ll be able to bring back the traf- fic flow that we used to see at county fairs,” Dan explains.

As a 1993 agricultural graduate of the University of Florida, Dan has a great

understanding of what goes into a county fair and the many pieces of agri- culture tied into each one. Under West’s ambitious guidance, the Florida Fed- eration of Fairs’ future is in good hands.

“Following in Lisa Hinton’s footsteps is a big job, but I have many great

Florida Federation of Fairs. I have had a wonderful 37 years in the Fair industry (24 with the Florida State Fair and the last 13 with the Florida Federation of Fairs).

commitment and dedication to your Fairs and your communities has been an inspiration to me. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and I treas- ure all of you.

years! A special thanks also for always welcoming we with open arms when I visited your Fair! You al- ways made me feel special and welcome! Through- out the years it has been my pleasure and opportuni- ty to visit every Fair in Florida except one - and I'm putting that one on my list for next year!

the utmost respect for Dan and know that he will take the Federation to even greater heights!

It is exciting to see Dan West hired as the new Executive Director! I have Thanks again to this awesome Fair Family! Lisa A special thanks for all your support throughout the You all have been amazing to work with! Your

From the Retired Executive Director As of July 1st, I will be officially retiring from the

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