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The Florida Federation of Fairs, through the leader-

ship of the Legislative Committee and Committee Chair- man Terry Atchley, made its third trip to Tallahassee to meet with state senators and representatives about the im- portance of the Fair industry to our state and to our communi- ties. This is the

third year that the Florida Fed- eration has tak- en a delegation

to Tallahassee to meet with our elected officials. This trip has proven to be a great help in getting to know our legislators on a personal basis and to tell our story. On March 6th & 7th, 13 Florida Federation members

representing Fairs from across the state met with many of our elected officials. The group was able to connect with over 20 state offices that day and consider the day a great success. The Federation group included: Terry Atchley, Legislative Committee Chair from the Hardee County Fair; Bill Olson from the Greater Jacksonville Fair; Eddie Cora from the Miami Dade Youth Fair; Dan West from the Manatee County Fair, Clark Converse from the Pasco County Fair; Happy Norris from the Lake County Fair, Paulette Kirkland, Keith Wingate, and Wan- da Simmons from the Northeast FL Fair; Ronnie Hull from the Volusia County Fair; Tom Umiker from the Hillsborough County Fair; Monica Welde from Bearadise Ranch; and Lisa Hinton, Federation Executive Director. A special thanks also to Jim Spratt with CAS Govern- mental Services LLC for helping us set up these ap- pointments. Our message was an easy one this year as we greet-

ed each legislator with "we don't have any specific is- sues this year and we aren't asking for money, we are here to share with you how important Fairs are to our local communities and the state of Florida”. Our mes- sage was particularly important this year as we shared facts about the role that our Florida Fairs played in the hurricane relief efforts after the recent hurricanes the past 2 years. We left each elected official with a flyer that document-

ed the facts above. That evening the Federation participated in the Taste

of Florida Ag reception and distributed 200 bags of cot- ton candy and 200 candy apples donated by Netter- field’s Popcorn and Lemonade as well as bags of caramel corn donated by Pence LLC. Needless to say, our booth was extremely popular! With Florida’s term limits the number of newly elected

officials each year is astounding. We know how im- portant it is to educate our elected officials about Fairs and it's even more im- portant now as there are so many new legislators. Our third Tallahassee Legislative trip

was even more productive than our first two and it has become an annual event.

Wanda Simmons and Paulette Kirkland with the NE FL Fair visited with officials throughout the day.

The group had a great visit with

Representative Melony Bell R-56, DeSoto, Hardee and part of Polk

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The Federation’s booth at the Taste of Florida reception was a great hit! Thanks to

Netterfield’s Popcorn and Lemonade for the cotton candy and candied apples and Pence’s for the Carmel corn!

Federation trips are always a great time to network and eat!!!!

The group was fortunate to meet with Senator

Wilton Simpson, R-10 Citrus, Hernando, part of Pasco, who is a great friend of our Florida Fairs.

Visiting with Representative Josie Tomkow R-39 Osceola/Polk

Left: Meeting and visiting with our new

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried was a highlight of the day.

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