February 9, 2021
I regret to inform you that the 2021 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame induction banquet has been canceled. We will honor this year’s inductees at the 2022 banquet.
The event was originally scheduled for February, but when the State Fair was postponed, we decided to also postpone our event. Now that the State Fair has been rescheduled for late April and early May, the Board decided it was safest not to hold the banquet at all.
The Board unanimously took this action to protect the health of honorees, past inductees, and guests. Because we typically honor those who have established decades-long legacies of service to Florida agriculture, many attendees are at an age that makes them particularly vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19.
While many organizations have chosen to hold virtual events, we do not believe an online event delivers the fellowship, social connection and powerful tribute to inductees that characterizes the banquet. We believe Wayne, Reggie, John and Bobby deserve nothing less than a spot on the stage, not the computer screen. We will give them that spot next year.
The Florida Ag Hall of Fame continues to operate to accomplish other parts of our mission besides the induction of Florida agriculture legends, namely providing support for well-deserving youth through our scholarship program. We will award scholarships to support eight young people this year to advance their education goals. We are also looking at expanding services and support to youth in other ways, and none of this can be done without your support.
We understand the decision to cancel this year’s banquet will disappoint the Florida agriculture family that looks forward to this gathering each year. However, we look forward to seeing everyone next year when we can properly celebrate the accomplishments of the 2021 inductees and perhaps induct others. We will dedicate ourselves to making the 2022 event a special one and hope to see you then.
Ray Hodge, President
Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation
P.S. Don’t forget to send us in any nominations of people you believe deserve to be inducted. Deadline is September 1st each year. You can learn more about the process by going to our website: floridaaghalloffame.org .