Grand champion steer chosen

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The grand champion at the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Mosaic Youth Steer Show was chosen last night at the Patterson Co. Livestock Arena in the Grimes Family Agricultural Center.

Jonathan Rowell, a member of the Durant FFA Chapter, exhibited the overall grand champion steer, and T.J. Hutchinson, a member of the Newsome FFA Chapter, exhibited the overall reserve grand champion steer.

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Fastest strawberry stemmer found at Festival

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The fastest strawberry stemmer on the festival grounds was found today at the annual event’s Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest.

Sharon Detweiler of Sarasota, Fla. was declared the winner of the contest where participants compete to determine who can most quickly remove the stems from 25 strawberries. Graham Donaldson from Palm Harbor, Fla. came in second place.

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Shoebox float winners chosen

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The winners in the Florida Strawberry Festival’s shoebox float contest were announced today.

The contest, sponsored by Eurowhipp, allows children in first through sixth grades to decorate a shoebox to look like a miniature parade float. All floats entered are on display all 11 days of the festival in the Parke Building on the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds.

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Grand Parade winners announced

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The winning groups in the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Grand Parade were announced today.

The Grand Parade, produced by Berry Fine Productions, stretches two miles and draws thousands of viewers from Plant City and the surrounding areas. Entries in the parade include marching bands, local businesses, royalty, church groups and more.

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Winner declared in Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest

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Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest Winner Benji French

The Florida Strawberry Festival announced today the winners of its Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest that took place this afternoon on the festival grounds.

Benji French of Lakeland, Fla. was declared the winner of the contest where participants compete to determine who can eat a half-pound plate of spaghetti topped with strawberries most quickly.

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