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Fall 2020


TheFaircracker N E W S L E T T E R


Flor ida Federat ion of Fai rs & Livestock Shows, Inc .


President’s Message Jim Ward


Hello Fair Family, All I can say is WOW!! What a Great Summer/


Fall workshop. We were hoping for about 45 Fair Folks to show up and at one time I counted 68 attendees, that was fabulous. I first would like to thank Terry Atchley & Dan West for putting to- gether a great program, in such trying times, that was totally relevant to what we are going through.


Thanks also to the Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows Board of Directors, Attorneys & Committee Chairs for coming and taking care of FFF matters. It was great seeing everyone in person. Then, what can I say about my team here at the Pasco County Fair, you


guys are awesome! You stepped up and took care of everything to get ready for this, thank you all so much for your time and hard work that you put in, from setting up Clayton Hall for the Breakfast, Board Meeting & Lunch for the Board members, committee chairs, and Past Presidents, to going into Dan Cannon Auditorium and setting it up for our keynote speaker and for the din- ner on Friday night. I was so proud of how the auditorium looked dressed up. Tracy Thompson…. what can we say about the menu you put together for


us, from Steph’s biscuits and gravy, sausage biscuits and fruit for the board meeting breakfast to the Olga’s Bakery Cuban sandwiches, turkey sandwiches or, my favorite chicken salad on a croissant, with the cookies and brownies, what a hit. Then we go to Friday night, Steph’s again, beef tips with mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, then the peach or blueberry cobbler— fantastic! Saturday morning, we went back with Olga’s Bakery for the conti- nental breakfast with breadsticks, doughnuts, cinnamon buns and mini eclairs, and fresh fruit. Let’s not forget about Thursday night on your own The Green Door on 8th. I had several people remark that the bar has been set for future workshops and some even made the comment that they surely put on 10lbs over the weekend. We had some special guests visit over the weekend, we had the honor of


Past FFF President/Past FFF Executive Director Lisa Hinton, stopping by for a visit Thursday evening at The Green Door on 8th. Lisa, thank you so much, it was so good to see you and catch up with your retirement life. Friday evening two-time Past FFF President and retired Lake County GM Happy Norris along with former Asst Lake County GM, and soon to be Attorney, Leah Norris. We were also honored to have five other Past Presidents attending: Clark Con- verse, Doris Graska, Dan West, Paul Davis, and Bill Olson. Continued on page 4


OFFICERS President


Jim Ward, President/CEO Pasco County Fair 37328 Church Ave.


Dade City, FL 33525 Phone: 813-714-1393


jawpascocofair@gmail.com First Vice President


Rhonda Ward, Collier County Fair Second Vice President


Terry Atchley, Hardee County Fair


Secretary/Treasurer Hal Porter


Citrus County Fair


Immediate Past President Bill Olson


Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair 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 Jay Spicer, Martin County Fair


Shelly Terrell, Northeast Florida Fair Stacey Wade, Lake County Fair


ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Eddie Porcelli, Spaghetti Eddie


Heidi Deggeller Pugh, Deggeller Attractions


HONORARY DIRECTORS Scot Eubanks, Florida Farm Bureau Michelle Faulk, FDACS


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dan West


P.O. Box 368


Palmetto, FL 34220-0368 813-763-0161


dwest1840@gmail.com


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