TAMPA, FL — The Florida State Fair Authority is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Florida State Fair Diversity Community Leaders Wall of Fame. Through the online voting process, the following have been selected by popular vote to be honored; Dr. Walter L. Smith for the African American Wall of Fame, Priscilla Clark for the Hispanic Wall of Fame, and Hung Mai for the Asian-Pacific Wall of Fame. The committee selected Historical Honorees will be Doug Jamerson, a former Florida Commissioner of Education and Victoriano Manteiga, the founder of La Gaceta Newspaper.
All nominations were reviewed by the Fair State Fair Authority Diversity Committee members who chose five candidates for the African-American nomination, three candidates for the Hispanic nomination and two candidates for the Asian-Pacific 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 2016 Florida State Fair. The honorees and/or their immediate family members will be invited to the ceremony and presentation taking place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Florida State Fair at 10:00 a.m. Location to be determined.
Operating under the direction of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and its Board of Directors, the Florida State Fair Authority, located on the Fairgrounds’ 330 acres in Tampa, Florida, strives to create positive entertainment experiences through the annual State Fair and variety of year-round events and quality competitive programs. The FSFA is committed to agriculture, education and community service with a focus on new opportunities. The Florida State Fair Authority (FSFA) operates strictly 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 annual tax appropriations from the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County or the State.