Doyle E. Carlton, Jr., is a lifelong cattleman and a former member of the Florida senate where he was chosen Outstanding Freshman Senator in 1953. As senator, Carlton was able to persuade two-thirds of the senate to support an appropriation to fund the Osceola County pilot program for the eradication of the screwworm fly. This was the first successful application of sterile male fly technology. Carlton served as Chairman of the Florida State Fair Authority for 11 years. Major additions were made to the Fair during his tenure, including Cracker Country, a link to the Florida past, and major exhibition facilities. Carlton received numerous awards, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, the coveted Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ External Distinguished Service Award, and the D.B. McKay Award Extraordinaire from the Tampa Historical Society in 1987 for his contributions to Florida history.