Announcing New Board Officers


Tampa, Fla. (January 2, 2020) — The Florida State Fair Authority’s board of directors elected several of their board members to officer positions this past month. Doyle E. Carlton III, who has been on the board since 2003, remains as chairman. Eve Council Gloede was elected as Vice Chairman; Linda Syfrett was re-elected as Treasurer and John Dicks, Jr. was elected as Secretary.


“I extend my congratulations to the new board officers of the Florida State Fair Authority, and I’m grateful for their service in this capacity,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. “Their commitment is part of what makes the Florida State Fair one of the nation’s best, with over half a million people enjoying the attractions and learning about Florida’s rich agricultural heritage.”


A full list of Florida State Fair Authority board members includes:


Honorable Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Commissioner of Agriculture

Doyle E. Carlton III, Chairman of the Board

Eve Council Gloede, Vice-Chair

Linda Syfrett, Treasurer

John Dicks, Jr., Secretary


Richard E. Bowman, Derrick Brooks, Charles “Chuck” Bruno, Bob Buckhorn, Susanne Clemons, Ryan W. Doyle,

Alex Johns, Artha Jonassaint, Marcia Lightsey, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, A.D. “Sandy” MacKinnon,

Honorable Les Miller, Holly Miller Moore and John “Jack” T. Vogel


The 2020 Florida State Fair will take place February 6-17.


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About Florida State Fair:

The Florida State Fair, first held in Tampa in 1904, has become one of the largest events in the state, attracting more than 500,000 people during its 12-day run. The Florida State Fair boasts the largest Midway in the USA, a robust agricultural program, a circus, interactive animal exhibits and new attractions each year. As the first State Fair of the year, the Florida State Fair is the first to debut new and all of the unique fair foods visitors have come to know and love. It’s affordable family fun at its best. For more information, about the Florida State Fair, please visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.


About the Florida State Fair Authority:

The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities. The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to