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Faircracker SPRING 2020


Longtime Hillsborough County Fair Manager Tom Umiker Retires


ver, FL. Umiker has been an active part of the fair community for nearly 40 years. His ca-


After briefly leaving the fair life to pursue his passion for dairy farming, he com-


bined his love for farming, education and fair life and created a traveling agriculture education show and a teaching farm providing tours to school-age children in Valrico, Florida.


Achievement Award from the Hillsborough County Fair and an induction in the Florida Federation of Fairs and Livestock Shows Hall of Fame in 2018.


Throughout his career he has received numerous awards including Ag Educator of the Year, a Lifetime Taking over as Fair Manager will be former Assistant Fair Manager Suzanne Holcomb. Umiker and Hol-


comb have worked side by side for several years. “Suzanne has been in and around the fair industry for a while as part of livestock shows and exhibits. Her experience with that combined with her front office expe- rience are a great fit for the fair,” said Umiker.


While he will be retiring from his official role as Fair Manager, Umiker plans to remain available for special projects and volunteer work for the upcoming fair season.


DOVER, FL February 1, 2020 — After 25 years with the Hills- borough County Fair, Fair Manager Tom Umiker is announcing his retirement today. Mr. Umiker has been a fixture at the fair since its humble beginnings in 1994 and has helped oversee its expansion and the buildout of a permanent fairgrounds in Do-


reer in the fair industry started in the early 1980s at the Florida State Fair where he went on to become Executive Director from 1986-1990.


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