TAMPA, FL. — February 3, 2014. The Florida State Fair Authority is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Florida State Fair Minority Community Leaders Wall of Fame. In the online internet voting awards; Dr. Robert B. Hayling will be honored on the African American Wall of Fame and Robert “Bobby” Garcia will be honored on the Hispanic Wall of Fame. The Committee Selected Historical Honorees will be Sarah Jackson Robinson founder of the Jackson House and Maria Esther Carrillo founder of Taller Intercultural Hispano TICH.
All nominations were reviewed by the Fair State Fair Authority Diversity committee members who chose five candidates for the African-American nomination and five candidates for the Hispanic nomination. The public voted online for their favorite nominee to determine those selected for the honor. Honorees will be recognized on the Wall of Fame at the 2014 Florida State Fair. New for this year the Committee decided to honor 2 historical honorees for their achievements in the past. The honorees and/or their immediate family members will be invited to the ceremony and presentation taking place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Florida State Fair at 10AM inside the Waterfront Cafe.
The 110th annual Florida State Fair will take place February 6-17, 2014. The Florida State Fair – always in Tampa and always in February – is organized by the Florida State Fair Authority under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Commissioner Adam Putnam. The Florida State Fair Authority operates from revenues generated from the annual State Fair and other ongoing events during the year. The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive any state tax appropriations from Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, nor the State of Florida.
For more information about the Florida State Fair or the Fairgrounds, visit online www.floridastatefair.com, call toll-free (800) 345-FAIR or (813) 621-7821.