The nomination deadline for potential 2024 inductees into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame is Nov. 1, 2023. Nominations received after that date will be considered for the following year.
Eligible nominees are distinguished leaders who made significant contributions to the Florida citrus industry in any of the following fields: pioneering, harvesting, packing, processing, marketing, science and/or education.
Nomination forms are available by contacting Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Executive Director Brenda Eubanks Burnette at 561-351-4314 or by email at Brenda@BurnetteandAssociates.com. Completed nomination forms should be e-mailed to Burnette. Hard copies of nominations should be sent to Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, P. O. Box 1576, Bartow, FL 33831-1576.
An induction ceremony and luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on March 1, 2024, at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. The Florida Department of Citrus and Florida Citrus Mutual co-sponsor the luncheon.
Last year’s inductees were the late citrus pioneer A.G. Smith of Wauchula and the late Gilbert Bowen of Winter Haven. Due to date changes associated with COVID-19, Smith and Bown will be inducted in March along with the Class of 2024, which will be selected in December of this year.
The Citrus Hall of Fame luncheon will also pay homage to the Florida Citrus Queen/Miss Florida Citrus Centennial Celebration taking place in 2024. The women who held those titles will be honored as guests at the luncheon. The luncheon will be followed by a Centennial Celebration Gala the next night (March 2, 2024) at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven. The first Florida Citrus Queen was chosen in January of 1924 in Winter Haven as part of the Florida Orange Exposition.
Burnette is seeking contact information for anyone who was a Florida Citrus Queen or Miss Florida Citrus, so they can be invited to participate in the festivities.
Source: Florida Citrus Hall of Fame
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