TAMPA -Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has appointed Cheryl Flood as the executive director of the Florida State Fair.
Flood has served as interim director during the past six months and has contributed to the Florida State Fair since 2011.
“Cheryl’s passion for the Florida State Fair’s mission and drive to see it succeed is unrivaled,” Putnam said. “I have the utmost confidence in her experience and ability to continue to make the Florida State Fair the best in the country.”
Before joining the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2002, Flood worked in the Florida Legislature as a legislative assistant. After her initial four years with the department, Flood worked for then-Congressman Putnam as district director and was promoted to deputy chief of staff. She returned to the department in 2011 as the director of external affairs. During this time, among many responsibilities, she served as the liaison between the department and the Florida State Fair. Flood, a fifth generation Floridian, grew up on a cattle ranch east of Lake Wales and has dedicated her career to promoting agriculture. Flood graduated from the University of Florida’s Agricultural Leadership Education program with minors in Agribusiness Management and Sales, Agricultural Law, and Agriculture and Natural Resources Ethics and Policy.
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