TAMPA, FL – The Florida State Fair Authority Board met on September 30 and elected their Officers for 2013-2014. Mr. Doyle E. Carlton III, Chairman of the Florida State Fair Authority Board and resident of Wauchula, was re-elected for a third term. “It is an honor to be re-elected and I look forward to working with this outstanding group on the Board and executive committee this year.”
The 2013-2014 Board Officers include Doyle E. Carlton, III of Wauchula, Chairman of the Board, Robert M. Thomas of Thonotosassa, Vice Chairman, Linda Syfrett of Okeechobee, Treasurer and Marshall Criser, III of Coral Gables as Secretary.
The 2013-2014 Executive Committee members include the Officers plus Commissioner Adam H. Putnam, Chip LaMarca of Fort Lauderdale, Jenny Steinbrenner Swindal of Tampa and A.D. “Sandy” MacKinnon of Tampa.
In 1977, Mr. Doyle E. Carlton, Jr., past Chairman of the Florida State Fair Authority Board and his wife, Mildred W. Carlton, felt the need for an exhibit to bring the rich history of early rural Florida to life. Their vision began in 1978 when the Carlton House was donated by family members and moved from Hardee County to a four-acre tract on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Mr. Doyle E. Carlton, III continues to contribute to his family’s legacy to educate Florida’s youth about turn of the century rural Florida. Over 20,000 students each year enjoy the hands-on experience they get at the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country.
The Florida State Fair Authority (FSFA) operates from revenues generated from the annual State Fair and other events throughout the year. Although the FSFA is an instrumentality of the state of Florida, it does not receive any tax appropriations from the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County or the State. The FSFA operates under the direction of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and its Board of Directors.