Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando Fair Association obtains state permit for 2014 fair, youth livestock show

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Fair Association has been given the green light by the state to have its annual county fair in April.

Carl Penn, fair program administrator with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, confirmed in an email Thursday that the department had received the required documents from the fair association, including proof of liability insurance and a verified 2013 financial report.

The issue of whether the fair would go on as scheduled came up last month after a subcommittee of the fair board criticized fair leaders for an eight-month delay in completing the financial report needed to obtain its state permit. Board spokeswoman and former fair president Sandra Nicholson said that because last year's fair posted attendance of less than 25,000, an internal report signed by a public officer would be sufficient to meet the state's requirements.

Nicholson then approached Clerk of the Court and Comptroller Don Barbee, who refused to sign the report. Barbee then notified deputy county attorney Jon Jouben in an email, explaining why he wouldn't cooperate with the fair board's request.

"While my office might be the most logical choice, I am not comfortable spending taxpayer dollars to audit and review the finances of the fair association which would be necessary prior to affixing my signature to the application," Barbee wrote.

Jouben later notified county commissioners that, in his opinion, the reference to "public officer'' in state law meant that one of the county's five elected constitutional officers would have to sign the financial report.

Nicholson later told the Tampa Bay Times that fair board members had chosen to hire an accountant to complete the financial report. That firm was Kierzynski & Associates of Spring Hill.

The Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show will run from April 4 to 12 at the fairgrounds on the south side of Brooksville.

Logan Neill can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1435.

Hernando Fair Association obtains state permit for 2014 fair, youth livestock show 03/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida education news: Start times, scholarships, school choice and more

    Blogs

    START TIMES: Hillsborough County schools get new bell schedules for 2018-19, with high schools starting an hour later than in the past. Officials said the move is …

  2. Pasco students get opportunity to tackle big-picture issues

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — At first, Krysten Hart wasn't sure what she was getting herself into.

    Wesley Chapel High senior Emily Prengaman discusses ways to improve graduation rates with Sunlake High principal Michael Cloyd and other teens from around the school district during Pasco County's first student congress. [Photo by Jeffrey S. Solochek]
  3. Forecast: Another windy, cooler day throughout Tampa Bay, but with less rain

    Weather

    Tampa Bay residents can expect another breezy day throughout the region but less rain heading through Wednesday.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  4. Going cheap on shutters, generator can do more harm than good in hurricane season

    Human Interest

    Those piles of branches snapped off by the hurricane finally are disappearing from the front of homes in the Tampa Bay area, one last reminder of the bullet many dodged by not preparing properly for the day when a storm may hit the region head on.

    Yvette Sedeno, 62, left, and Ray Sedeno, 62, install storm shutters on their  lanai south of Miami while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in September. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  5. Buccaneers WR Mike Evans previews 2017-18 NBA season, predicts Warriors will be dethroned

    Bucs

    Tampa isn't the greatest basketball market. In fact, it's just about the worst.

    Mike Evans and Jameis Winston celebrate after connecting for a touchdown against the Bears in September. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]