Faircracker SPRING 2020 Hillsborough County Fair Appoints New Manager

Suzanne Holcomb – born in Plant City, Florida, she is a Graduate of the University of Florida College of Agriculture with a degree in Animal Sciences.

She resides in Lithia with her husband Chris and 3 children. She has been Involved in the Hillsborough County Fair since 2009. First serving as a volunteer on the livestock commit- tee, assisting with the youth dairy show. In 2012 she joined the fair part-time and in 2014 began working fulltime in the office handling marketing, youth livestock shows and contracts. In 2018, Suzanne was named the Assistant Manager of the Fair. As of Feb 1, 2020, she is now the Fair Manager. She has been involved in fairs since her youth, first as a youth exhibitor, volunteer, parent of exhibitor, ag education vendor and employee. Suzanne said, “I have seen many aspects of the fair and in 2019 Graduated the IAFE (International Association of Fairs and Expos) Institute of Fair Management.”

Her goal is to continue to offer family entertainment and fun in a safe and wholesome envi- ronment. The Youth Livestock Programs will continue to grow, along with the competitive events such as arts and crafts, photography and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Ag/Art and Math) competitions. The historical area will have some additions this year, with a feature on a local community. “We will continue to offer free daily entertainment and addition- al special events in the arena. We will again offer advanced discount tickets prior to the fair to offer additional savings.”

Suzanne is very active in the livestock world with all three children exhibiting in events throughout the country.

They say if you want something done, give it to a busy person! Thank you Suzanne for helping post news to our Face- book page.

Marguerite Morris Elected Chair of Miami-Dade County Fair Board of Directors

MIAMI – – Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Inc. has announced that longtime Miami resident Marguerite Morris is the new chair of its board of directors.

Morris joined the board of directors in 2007. The Boston native is a retired physi- cal therapist, having worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital for more than 35 years.

“I am honored to have been elected to lead such an important organization that gives so much to make such a positive difference in the lives of the children in our community. Vol- unteers are the backbone of The Youth Fair, and I am pleased to be able to give my time,” Morris said.

Morris has been a dedicated volunteer at The Youth Fair since 1986, contributing her expertise to catalogue and judge the tens of thousands of student exhibit entries that arrive every year before they go on display to the general pub- lic. In 2019, the total number of student exhibits reached 63,120.

“We look forward to Marguerite’s experience, knowledge and leadership as we prepare for another successful year with the annual Youth Fair that opens in March and our year-round Exposition Center,” said President Eddie Cora.

Opening day at The Youth Fair is March 12 and runs through April 5 at the Fairgrounds, 10901 Coral Way (Southwest 24th Street), Miami, Fla. 33165.

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition (The Youth Fair) is the largest charity event in South Florida. The not-for- profit organization is dedicated to promoting education and agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achieve- ment and providing quality family entertainment, all without taxpayer dollars. The annual Youth Fair exhibits 63,120 student projects to more than 550,000 Youth Fair guests and, in 2019, awarded $586,720 in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to students. To date, The Youth Fair has presented well over $11 million to the Miami- Dade community. The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year. Visit or call 305-223-7060.

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