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2020 FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL JUNIOR ROYALTY BY CIERRA CRAFT 120 girls, ages 5 to 15, competed in the annual Florida Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty Pageant. Meet the Queen, Princess, Duchess and Baroness that will represent our city’s strawberry harvest.

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2020 FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL QUEEN CONTESTANTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEANNA HURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY Each year, FOCUS Magazine is proud to present the contestants of the annual Florida Strawberry Festival Queens Pageant.

WILLIAM THOMAS, JR: ADVANCING DIVERSITY WITH AN EYE ON THE FUTURE

Meet William Thomas, Jr., President of the Improvement League of Plant City. Discover how Thomas and the Improvement League Board are shaping the lives of Plant City residents with a vision of a vibrant, thriving community where people want to live, work, invest and play.


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CULTURAL FESTIVAL FIT FOR DR. KING

BY CIERRA CRAFT January 11 through January 25, Plant City will celebrate diversity, inclusion and community at the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Arts Festival. This guide to the Festival details the events slated for the 13-day celebration.

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BUSINESS: DEANNA HURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

BY CIERRA CRAFT Located in historic downtown, Deanna Hurley Photography is committed to capturing timeless memories that can be shared for years to come. Meet owner Deanna Hurley as she talks photographing life’s precious milestones and working with royalty.

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DINING: THE STRAWBERRY HUT

PUBLISHER

Mike Floyd

MANAGING EDITOR

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Angela Ardrey Anthony Bolesta Barbara Routen Cheryl Johnston Sherrie Mueller Emily Topper

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BY CIERRA CRAFT Awarded Best Cuban Sandwich 11 years consecutively, The Strawberry Hut is a fixture in Plant City’s dining scene. Pore over the must-try menu items, as owner Betty Wilson shares some exciting news for the future of The Strawberry Hut.

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Got a story idea? Looking to advertise in Focus? Contact us for more information. Floyd Publications, Inc. 702 W. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.Plant City, FL 33563 Office 813.707.8783 Standards of accuracy: The goal of the writers at FOCUS Magazine is to provide heart-warming stories that are accurate from the start. Being human, however, we sometimes make mistakes. Please forgive us. So if you notice anything that is incorrect, then please do not hesitate to contact the editorial department and inform it about the fact error. To do so, call (813) 7078783 or e-mail editorial@floydpublications.com. The staff will fix the error in a timely manner. FOCUS Magazine is published monthly and is available through local Plant City businesses, restaurants and many local venues. Advertisers warrant and represent the descriptions of their products advertised are true in all respects. Focus Magazine assumes no responsibility for claims made by advertisers. All letters and their contents sent to Focus Magazine become the sole property of Floyd Publications, Inc and may be reproduced thereof. All views expressed in all articles are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Floyd Publications, Inc. Use or duplication of material used in this publication is prohibited without approved written consent from Floyd Publications, Inc.

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The new year is here and that often accompanies thoughts of resolutions, new beginnings and fresh starts. Plant City is in for an exciting first quarter of the year.

KICKING OFF 2020 WITH A BANG

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On January 18, 25 contestants will compete for the title of 2020 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen. Not only does the pageant provide an opportunity for our city’s youth to represent the state’s strawberry crop, but the pageant is a fundraiser for the Plant City Lions Club. Your ticket purchase contributes to the club’s endeavors throughout the community. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Regions Bank, Walden Lake Car Wash and the Florida Strawberry Festival Administrative Office. The pageant starts at 6:00 p.m. and will take place in the Grimes Agricultural Center on Oak Avenue.

At FOCUS Magazine, we are eager to kickoff our annual Readers’ Choice Awards. We ask that you, our readers, cast your vote January 19 through January 26 on www.focusplantcity. com in over 50 categories in support of our local business owners. Categories include Best Italian Cuisine to Best New Business. Each year, winners are overwhelmed to learn that you consider them the best of Plant City. The winners will be revealed at the FOCUS Magazine 19th Anniversary Party on February 20 at Keel and Curley Winery. The first two months of the year are shaping up to be an exciting time for our city. We are all blessed to live in a community that celebrates small business and big dreams.

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Publix Adds Kiosks for Customers to Renew Vehicle Registration

CHECK IN WITH PLANT CITY

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Governor DeSantis names Jamey Moody to Judicial Appointment On Dec. 19, Governor Ron DeSantis named Plant City native Jamey Moody to judicial appointment in Hillsborough County Court. Moody fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Alissa Ellison to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Moody has practiced law for 15 years and serves on a number of community boards, including President of the Plant City Main Street.

On February 22, the Plant City Airport is hosting the 10th annual Planes, Trains and Automobiles event sponsored by Stahl Insurance and Nationwide. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce organizes this annual community event to showcase the exciting aviation, automotive and train industries. Local aviation schools will be onsite with information about their programs. Activities include Scouts BSA merit badge opportunities, Cub Scout opportunities, computer flight simulators, remote control planes, an interactive planetarium, and a children’s moonwalk area. Live music and food vendors will be on site. The event is free to attend and parking is only $5.

Rep. Ross Spano visits Fred’s Market Restaurant On Jan. 3, Representative Ross Spano visited Fred’s Market Restaurant for breakfast. The representative took photos with Mrs. Evelyn Johnson and the Fred’s Market team. In a Facebook post, Rep. Spano said, “Great to be ‘home’ this morning at Fred's Market Restaurant in Plant City. Thanks to the great staff and Mrs. Johnson for making me feel like family.”

Roots Taproom & Wine Bar launches new Roots Wine Club Roots Taproom & Wine Bar has announced a new all-inclusive membership to the business’s brand new Roots Wine Club. Members receive monthly wine releases, invites to member-only events, exclusive discounts, birthday rewards, a Wine Club t-shirt and wine glass and a monthly Wine Club Newsletter. Roots is offering two Wine Club memberships: Red Wood $40 and Red Wood Reserve $100. To learn more visit Roots Tap Room & Wine Bar at 101 S. Evers Street or online at rootsofplantcity.com

Three Publix stores in Hillsborough County allow customers to now renew vehicle registration in minutes at the new Florida MV Express kiosk. Publix at Walden Woods, located at at 2202 James L. Redman Pkwy, is one of the three locations. All you need to do is enter your renewal notice PIN or license plate number and date of birth. Second, you pay for the service. Your vehicle registration and license plate decal will then be printed out.

TECO purchases 750 acres in Plant City Tampa Electric Co. purchased 750 acres of land in eastern Hillsborough County. TECO paid $19.90 million for the land off Miles Acres Road, west of Del Monte Fresh off Sydney Road, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. TECO spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs told the TBBJ the land will be used for future development. It is unclear what plans are in the works for the land.

Ooh La La Hair Studio Moving to Downtown

Outback Gives to PCPD on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day On Thursday, Jan. 9, Outback Steakhouse prepared dinner for the Plant City Police Department, in observance of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The Outbackers served pasta, salad and fresh bread to our community heroes. The dinner was intended to show gratitude to the law enforcement officers of all ranks and PCPD personnel who protect our community everyday. Thank you PCPD for all you do to keep Plant City safe! PAGE

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Ooh La La Hair Salon announced on December 27 that the business will be relocating to historic downtown in February. Currently located in the Walden Wood Village on James L. Redman Parkway, the hair salon will relocate to 301 S. Collins Street. Realtor Kelley Vogel Blackburn of Vogel Realty worked with the business to find a new location.

'Yoga and Mimosas' Comes to Downtown Plant City Yoga and The Corner Store have partnered for ‘Yoga and Mimosas,’ a monthly event open to the community. For $15 per ticket, attendees are led through a hour-long fun and balancing yoga flow. After class, attendees can enjoy a mimosa or tea provided by The Corner Store. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mat. The event will take place the second Sunday of month at 11:00am.

Culver’s Opens its Doors Jan. 13 Culver’s, a fast food chain known for its Butterburgers and frozen custards, opens its Plant City location on Monday, January 13. Located at 2103 North Park Road, Culver’s serves food cooked to order. Popular side items include Wisconsin cheese curds, crinkle cut fries and side salad.

SFBH Welcomes First Baby Born in 2020 Ana Adilene Santiago Garcia was born January 1, 2020 at 11:54p.m. weighting 6lbs, 15oz and measured 19 ¼ inches in length. Baby Ana was delivered by Dr. Alyssa Ta, Leslie Knopp RN, Danielle Fender RN, Kelly Wietholter RN assisted. Nicole Watts RN was the nurse who crocheted the 2020 hat. Congrats to new parents, Ismael and Irene of Plant City.


Nick Thurston named Chamber Good Egg Nick Thurston of The Bank of Tampa, was named the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s Good Egg. The award was presented to Thurston on January 9 at the organization’s luncheon. Thurston is a board member with Plant City Main Street and served on the 2019 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as 2019 Board of Trustees. Congratulations, Nick!

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Walden Lake Review BY NATALIE SWEET

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he Walden Lake Community Association Board Meetings are the third Monday of each month at the Walden Lake Community Association office building on Griffin Boulevard in Walden Lake. The next meetings are scheduled for January 20th and February 17th at 7:00 PM. There is a President’s meeting on January 20th that starts at 6:00. The meetings are open to all Walden Lake residents. Watch the announcement boards at all entrances for dates and times for special meetings and events. By this time, your 1st half of your 2020 dues should have been paid. Paying your fees in a timely manner is appreciated by the Board, keeps you from being assessed any additional fees or interest, and helps save money for the community. During the month of December, there were 16 sales in Walden Lake and no sales in Walden Lake East. The average sale price was $293,653 with an average of 25 days on the market. The December sales are as follows: Address / Sales Price / Living Area / Pool / Garage 2316 Village Green Blvd / $189,900 / 1985 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 4008 Concord Way / $206,000 / 2044 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 4320 Barret Avenue / $217,500 / 1842 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 4105 Longfellow Drive / $229,000 / 1625 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 2819 Spring Meadow Drive / $257,250 / 2006 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 4218 Kipling Avenue / $269,900 / 2012 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 2806 Brooke Pines Court / $275,000 / 2054 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 2906 Laurel Meadow Court / $275,000 / 2073 Sq’ / Private / 3 Car 2902 Clubhouse Drive / $299,900 / 2054 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 3501 Kilmer Drive / $304,500 / 1954 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 2803 Spring Meadow Drive / $305,000 / 1985 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 3308 Kilmer Place / $315,000 / 2188 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 2929 Forest Hammock Drive / $319,500 / 2209 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 2703 S Fairway Drive / $340,000 / 2869 Sq’ / Private / 2 Car 3036 Sutton Woods Drive / $415,000 / 3082 Sq’ / Private / 3 Car 3009 Pine Club Drive / $480,000 / 3928 Sq’ / Private / 3 Car

At the time of publication, 23 active listings for sale in Walden Lake with an average list price of $443,496 and an average of 57 days on the market. If you eliminate the two listings in Polo Place, the average list price is $288,114. There are 16 properties Pending Contract with an average list price of $262,052 and average of 37 days on the market. In 2019, there were 176 sales in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East. The average sale price was $269,706 and an average of 38 days on the market. In 2018, there were 147 sales with an average price of $250,489 and an average of 35 days on the market. That is a 9% increase in sales price year over year. A letter of intent package will be going out in the mail to every home in Walden Lake in February. If you are considering running for the Board, you will need to fill this out and get it back by the deadline. Although the Holidays are over, The United Food Bank is always in need of non-perishable items and our HOA office is a drop off location. Please consider stopping by the office and drop off a few items and they will get them to the food bank for you. Feel free to contact me about any real estate questions or about this article. NSweet@KW.com or 813-758-9586. PAGE

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Paul Davis

Rated highly for: Responsiveness, Quality, Punctuality, Value “Great group from the office staff to the guys who put in my unit....When they were done they cleaned up the area and I could not ask for better service...I highly recommended this group for all of you air conditioner needs.”

Kraig Koschmeder

“Tony is the best and most honest repairman I’ve had. He has saved me a lot of money over a few years by finding and fixing problems other AC companies couldn’t (or wouldn’t). I have had 3 properties in Tampa for over 10 years and gone through a lot of companies for ac systems. Gould’s AC is the best. Most companies in Tampa just send a minimally trained salesman, that in my experience just try sell you a new system. Tony will fix your problem or give fair honest advice about replacement. Advised me to check warranty on an $800 coil when another company didn’t even think of it...it was under warranty and I got it free! Great thinking and caring make Gould’s a great company. Thanks”

Rebecca Williams

“I have been using Gould’ for many years and I have always had a great experience! I used them today to install a new unit in my mom’s home and they acted very quickly so she wouldn’t be without AC too long. They were very efficient and provided a fair price. When you can trust them with your parents that is always a great thing!!!”

Beth Hight

“Arrived home from store to find water gushing from ceiling in the kitchen. After five on Friday night, perfect. Called and left message with answer service at Gould’s and started to mop the floor! Phone rings, almost didn’t answer it! Boy am I glad I did! James from Gould’s said he would be here within the hour! Less than an hour, James pulls in the driveway and goes to work diagnosing the problem, completing his work with a professional, friendly repair. It does not get any better than that! Thanks Gould’s”

Nate Davis

“I cannot begin to describe how refreshing it is to work with an honest and affordable AC contractor. I own a number of rental homes and often times we have urgent needs arise when a unit does or needs repair. I can always depend on Tony and his team to arrive on time and handle the issue at hand. Not only that, but many times I have requested a certain unit or upgrade and Tony would explain how or why I can save myself money and not go the route I was considering. In this day and age or sales quotas replacing honest and dependable service, it was refreshing to hear. If you are looking for an honest ac contractor who focuses on the long term relationship over short term profitability, this is your man”

Tammy Keller

“Great company. I’m a Realtor and I use this company often. Very good service.”

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE... ...we have moved to a larger location to better serve our customers. Gould’s Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC 901 E Baker Street Plant City, Florida 33563 813-752-1970

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MEET THE 2020 FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL JUNIOR ROYALTY WINNERS

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WRITTEN BY CIERRA CRAFT


Sutton Duncan was overwhelmed with emotion to learn she was the 2020 Duchess. Her sister, Kennedy Duncan served as Duchess in 2019 and passed the title down to Sutton.

It may only be January, but the 2020 Florida Strawberry Festival has crowned its first royals. On January 11, the Junior Royalty Queen, Princess, Duchess and Baroness were crowned at the Grimes Family Agricultural Center. Hundreds packed the venue to see which of the 120 contestants would take home the titles. Gracie Garner, 13, was crowned 2020 Junior Royalty Queen. Garner says she was overwhelmed when her name was called as the title winner.

2020 Florida Strawberry Festival Winners (left to right): Princess Madelyn Hardwick, Baroness Olivia McDowell, Queen Gracie Garner, and Duchess Sutton Duncan.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Garner. “It’s like a dream and I am looking forward to earning four little sisters." Garner will be joined by Princess Madelyn Hardwick, Duchess Sutton Duncan, and Baroness Olivia McDowell.

Duncan’s crowning was emotional, as her sister Kennedy Duncan, served as the 2019 Junior Royalty Duchess. Kennedy crowned Sutton with tears of excitement in her eyes. “I was ecstatic when my name was called,” said Sutton. “My sister won Duchess last year, so I wanted to be passed on to me.” The four girls will represent Plant City, the Florida Strawberry Festival and the state’s strawberry harvest throughout the year at various community events, including Relay for Life, Florida Strawberry Festival Pig Drawing and the Plant City Christmas Parade. Princess Madelyn Hardwick says she is most looking forward to the parade days and serving the community. Baroness Olivia McDowell said she is most looking forward to the rides in the midway at the 2020 Florida Strawberry Festival.

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In the final competition, the Top 10 contestants from each category were called to the stage to answer an on-stage question: “What is your idea of a perfect day at the Florida Strawberry Festival?”

"We are so excited to have these four girls represent the Florida Strawberry Festival and I don't know how the judges pick the winners because there were so many winners on the stage tonight," said Florida Strawberry Festival General Manager Paul Davis. "We are looking forward to the 2020 Florida Strawberry Festival and this started our perfect vision." 120 girls participated in the competition, outfitted in formal gowns with ruffles or rhinestones. Some, such as Princess contestant Taylor Myers, opted for a lavender gown embroidered with flowers.

Once the Top Ten of each age division were determined, each competitors was tasked with answering the question “What’s your idea of a perfect day at the Florida Strawberry Festival?” Contestant #87 Brooke Browning and Contestant #105 Kiah Jade Swilley both talked about making memories with family and friends.

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The competition was emceed by Lori Yarborough and her daughter, Ashlyn. In the preliminary competition, the Yarboroughs invited each contestant to the stage and read her biography aloud. The competitors were judged on personality, stage presence, and overall beauty. In the final competition, the Top 10 contestants from each category were called to the stage to answer an onstage question: “What is your idea of a perfect day at the Florida Strawberry Festival?”


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The Top 10 of the Princess Division comprised Jenna Sheppard, Brielee Bedenbaugh, Makyla Brown, Kacie Culbreth, Kendall Spencer, Amari Jackson, McKenna Davis, Madelyn Hardwick, Georgia Pippin, and Brooke Browning. Each of the Top 10 competitors received a rosette ribbon.

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Many of the contestants chose dresses of ruffles and rhinestone. Taylor Myers opted for a lavender dress embroidered with purple flowers. One component of judging was overall beauty.


The Top Ten Contestants

Baroness (5 & 6 years old): Sadie Marie Wonser- Top 5 Paisley Grace Glass Olivia Pilar McDowell- Title Winner Georgia Sue-Ann Hunter- Top 5 Calleigh Jo Welch Madisyn Rose Meindersma Lyla Lavelle Jimenez Carrigan Beau Blake- Top 5 Linley Burris Carolina Brooke Newman- First Runner Up Duchess (7 to 9 years old): Sutton Kaye Duncan- Title Winner Caitlin Abigail Coleman Rylee Nicole Smith Presley Reese Hay Bristol Anne Bedenbaugh Giselle Elena McDowell- First Runner Up Shyla Ann Stanaland- Top 5 Jade Aubrie Beveard Brylee Nicole Martinez- Top 5 Addisyn Danielle Wise- Top 5 Many of the contenders used rhyme to make their responses catchy and memorable, mentioning carnival food and the much anticipated Reba McEntire concert. One contestant of the night, Caroline Brooke Newman, used sign language in her response to showcase one of her skills. Pageant Chair Katie Varnum says months of preparation went into the pageant. The pageant committee consists of two co-chairs, Katie Butson and Dee Parker, and Jessi Rae Varnum assisted with the judges' panel. "I start in September or October ordering crowns, trophies and sashes, and getting everything secured," said Varnum. "There are 20 volunteers backstage on pageant night and there is no way the pageant can run without them. They're all willing to help and give of their time and I am so appreciative of everything they do." McDowell, Duncan, Garner and Hardwick’s lives are forever changed as they are now intertwined into Plant City’s fabric and the Florida Strawberry Festival history as the winners of the 2020 competition.

Princess (10 to 12 years old): Jenna Elizabeth Sheppard Brielee Marie Bedenbaugh Makyla Sunset Brown- Top 5 Kacie Lynn Culbreath Kendall Fallon Spencer- Top 5 Amari Saniya Jackson- First Runner Up McKenna Brielle Davis- Top 5 Madelyn Marie Hardwick- Title Winner Georgia Peyton Pippin Brooke Sidnei Browning Queen (13 to 15 years old): Fe Jacquelyn Ramirez Peyton Hobbs Gracie Ashlyn Garner- Title Winner Kate Daigle- Top 5 Morgan Kayliene Brake- Top 5 Kiah Jade Swilley- First Runner Up Giselle Gutierrez- Top 5 Bridget Mae McLaughlin Hannah Elizabeth Simmons Emma Grace Jones PAGE

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Keel Farms began operations in 1981. We started as a small nursery and later a blueberry farm, now we’re proud to operate one of the largest wineries in the Southeast United States, sending our wines all over the State of Florida. We’ve grown with Plant City through the last four decades. Our entire team is exceedingly grateful for the support from the Plant City community over all these years. Your support of small businesses like ours keeps money in our community and adds a bit more flavor to what our city offers visitors and residents. Through your support, Keel and Curley Winery has produced and distributed over 1.5 million bottles of wine to date, spreading a small part of our hometown all over the U.S. We’re pleased to bring in tourists from all over to experience Plant City every day. Our entire 45-member team thank you. We are proud to be a part of the Plant City community and look forward to another great decade NOMADIC | 24 together!

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2020 FL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Queens Scholarship Pageant WRITTEN CIERRA CRAFT PHOTOS BY DEANNA HURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Twenty-five beautiful and talented young women will compete in the Florida Strawberry Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grimes Family Agricultural Center at the festival grounds. The ladies will be judged as they model casual wear, business attire and formal dress. Each contestant must present a 30-second commercial for one randomly selected local business, as well as respond with poise to an on-stage question. The judges will be tasked with narrowing the field from 31 to the top 10 contestants, and then selecting the 2020 Queen, First Maid and three court members. The Queen, First Maid and court members will receiving scholarships, presented by the Plant City Lions Club. Additionally, the judges will be tasked with selecting Miss Congeniality, who will also be awarded a scholarship from the Lions Club. Tickets to attend the pageant can be purchased at the Florida Strawberry Festival Administration Office, Walden Lake Car Wash, Regions Bank for $15 per ticket. Support these wonderful young women by attending the pageant at 2508 Oak Avenue, Plant City, FL 33563.

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How are Paw-Berries Bandanas made? Initially, I was buying fabric and sewing the bandanas myself. But, I was limited to the fabric they had in stores. My sister, Emily Fry, is a graphic designer. So she hand draws each icon on the bandana, then the custom bandana design is printed on dri-fit material. This partnership had made us appreciate each other’s God given talents and brought us closer together as sisters. We offer small, medium, large and new this yearextra large for fluffy and larger dogs!

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n 2017, Kent and Kelsey Humphrey married and the following year, the pair welcomed a White Labrador Retriever into their lives named LuLu. Kelsey purchased bandanas for their new puppy, but was unimpressed by the quality and selection available in the chain pet stores, so she began crafting the bandanas herself. By word of mouth, many discovered the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen was making dog bandanas and put in requests for their own pup accessories. With the help of her sister and graphic designer, Emily Fry, Kelsey launched Paw-Berries Bandanas in summer 2019. The homemade, handcrafted dog bandana business has sights set on an exciting new year. Learn more about Paw-

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Berries Bandanas at @pawberriesbandanas on Facebook and Instagram. Care to share a little about yourself? I graduated from Plant City High School in 2013 and was also the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen. I graduated from UF in Spring 2017 and married my high school sweetheart, Kent. We moved to Wilmington, NC for Kent's job and decided to move back to Florida in October 2018. I am an agriculture teacher at Strawberry Crest, which is the “my dream teaching situation” because our FFA program is nationally recognized and we have the most predominate ag program in the area.

Despite being a small business, your company has taken off rather quickly. Why do you think that is? We have an Etsy shop, an online website where customers can shop and we also take part in Lakeland’s First Fridays. I didn’t realize how important we were to people until we missed one First Friday and customers were messaging me saying ‘where was your booth? We couldn’t find you.’ We have almost 3000 followers on social media and we are sold in RAOK, Fringe and Proud Gator in Lakeland. I really appreciate it when people show me photos of their dogs and tell me stories, and I especially appreciate photos of their pets in one of our bandanas. I think the community knows our products are unique, they know me and appreciate the hometown hospitality. They’re supporting a locally-owned, female-led business. Just six months after launching your business, you recently announced you'll have a booth at the Florida Strawberry Festival. How did you feel receiving that news? I was shocked that we got in our first year of applying because I know there are vendors who have tried for years to get in. It’s a huge honor! Being on the royalty side of it, we visited each vendor and got to see how well the Festival cares for each vendor. Mrs. Elaney does a great job taking care of the vendors. What can Festival attendees expect from PawBerries Bandanas? We are expanding our inventory to have 30 bandana designs. Festival attendees will get to see them all first! You can find our booth in the Roy Parke Main Exhibitor Hall in spot #75! We are going to have three strawberry designs exclusive to the festival. We are also launching new products and will have samples at our booth!


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William Thomas, Jr. is passionate. Passionate about community enrichment. Passionate about cultural enhancement. Passionate about succession. For nearly six years, Thomas has served as President of the Improvement League of Plant City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to neighborhood revitalization, economic growth, community-based partnerships, and improving the overall quality of life for Plant City residents. It is through his work with the Improvement League of Plant City, Thomas is able to use his passion to bring about change. The organization fosters outreach opportunities and events for the community’s youth to shape the next generation of leaders. Moreover, Thomas oversees the implementation of the organization’s Five Year Vision Plan to ensure the Madison and Lincoln Park neighborhoods are spaces where people can thrive, prosper, and choose to live, learn, work, invest, and play.

Advancing Each January, the Improvement League of Plant City hosts the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Arts Festival, a 13-day celebration of diversity, inclusion and unity. The 34th annual event will be held January 11 through January 25, centered around the Plant City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex. The organization oversees the festivities and ensures each event is welcoming to all in attendance, despite their race, religion, gender or background.

Meet William Thomas, Jr., as he discusses the history of the Improvement League of Plant City, the work being done in our city, and how the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Festival serves as a platform for our citizens to come together, exchange ideas and find common ground.

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How did you become involved with the Improvement League of Plant City? I like to say I was “volun-told.” My father was president of the Improvement League and growing up, volunteering was required in our household as I was growing up, as we were a military family. In Europe, I volunteered with Boy Scouts and in school so volunteering is bred into me. With my father’s involvement in the Improvement League, I got behind him and it took years for the city to realize there are two William Thomas’, because he is William Thomas, Sr. and I am the Jr. I am going into my sixth year as president of the Improvement League.

Improvement League Founder, Jerry Bailey, entered the U.S. Navy in September 1944, after World War II broke out.

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For readers not familiar with the Improvement League of Plant City, can you share a bit about the organization and its mission? Founded in 1982 by the late Mr. Jerry Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a transplant from New Jersey who moved to Plant City. As an educator, his passion involved equal opportunities for all youth in the areas of education and community revitalization such as parks. He mentored minority boys in the community, provide infrastructure support for Plant City NAACP Branch and presented concerns on behalf of African American residents living in Lincoln & Madison Park Neighborhoods. The organization has transformed from an activist organization to currently a 501C3 public charitable organization. Our mission is to foster equitable opportunities for residents, regardless of age, sex, race or religion throughout the City of Plant City.


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We want to attract residents based on character; not color, gender or religion. The effort to be intentionally diverse promotes innovation, teamwork and better quality of life. How does the Improvement League of Plant City make its mission a reality? We make our mission a reality by engaging in four key areas: Economic & Workforce Development, Quality of Life, and Cultural Programs. Every year, we evaluate the organization by simply assessing: Are we operating programs to address the four areas and/or are we working with partners to lead in those efforts. What is the Improvement League of Plant City’s Five Year Vision Plan? What does it mean for the people of Plant City? How will the organization achieve these goals? The Lincoln & Madison Park Historic Neighborhoods surround 70% of downtown. Our vision is to support efforts to extend development into these neighborhoods as viable with appealing assets. Today, we see the City investing $6 million into a community center, residents having a voice in future use of the Coronet property being rehabilitated, and Marshall Middle School becoming an IB Program. What does this mean for the people of Plant City? A better quality of life for all residents that will benefit our City and notably historic downtown. More importantly, it cultivates an environment that draws the best to want to live here in the future. We want to attract residents PAGE

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based on character; not color, gender or religion. The effort to be intentionally diverse promotes innovation, teamwork and better quality of life. We achieve these goals by supporting programs implemented through our partners or direct implementation of the programs ourselves. Can you share with readers how the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Cultural Arts Festival came under the direction of the Improvement League? In 1986, President Ronald Reagan officially designated the third Monday of January as the holiday, Jerry Bailey saw a need within Plant City to celebrate the importance of Dr. King’s Dream. The objective of the Plant City MLK Festival was to implement an annual program that brings our communities together to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. King, and remember our responsibility to advance his dream which is recognized through the federally appointed National Holiday. As with a number of small towns throughout the deep south, Plant City’s historic timeline involves the story and triumph over segregation with African Americans at the forefront. Stories of the initial festival speaks on a parade that was first a motorcade parade and since its founding, it has been beneficial in promoting the diversity of our community. I think our festival goes pound for pound with other celebrations but I always say “the Improvement League strength lives in the volunteers ability to do more with less.” We have nine board members and 26 members that oversee aspects of the schedule of events. Karen Griggsby, for example, volunteers at our Leadership Breakfast but I also send her my press releases and she edits them before I send them out. The MLK Cultural Arts Festival is celebrating 34 years this year. How has the event changed over the years? The MLK Cultural Arts Festival has evolved and grown over the last 34 years. MLK Day has had the perception of being just for African Americans, but our event has expanded the scope because African Americans were not the only ones involved in the Civil Rights Movement. There were blacks, whites, hispanics, men, women- lots of people of all races went to jail


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for Dr. King and his appeal to stop social injustice. We are strategic in events because we want to have a variety: We have a forum where we can talk about the future, we have the Opening Ceremony at Marshall Middle School, which is historic in itself. Once the Community Center closed, we moved the ceremony there and the Principle hasn’t let go and we are grateful for that relationship.

Across the United States, our nation will celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Who are some of the African American figures in our city’s history that embodied Dr. King’s values in their contributions to the city? Most notably are Sadye Gibbs Martin, Mr. E.L. Bing, Edward Jackson Marshall, and Jerry Bailey. They all served to the benefit of all Plant City residents.

Why is it important for all Plant City citizens to participate in the festivities of the MLK Cultural Arts Festival? The dream of Dr. King was for ALL people to sit together at the table. We feel our MLK Festival has something for everyone while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. It is not an event for just African Americans, but an event for all. We do not want the legacy of Dr. King to get clouded. It’s a national holiday deserving of equal recognition among all of our national holidays and our festival is for everyone to sit down, laugh and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

What is your favorite event of the MLK Cultural Festival? The drumline competition! We started it 4 years ago; we were recording the parade and watched them as a board, that’s when we realized the bands were getting smaller. So we came up with the drumline competition because it will not take up too much of the kids’ time, and it provides an avenue for us to support our local schools. We have 4 categories and everyone gets a cash prize. The event also appeals to the diverse audience and so that is another way we backup Dr. King’s legacy. Suncoast Credit Union dove in without question to sponsor the four categories. The first year, we had two entries enter last minute and Suncoast adjusted the sponsorship on the spot so the two teams could be in it. It’s great to have a financial institution willing to find ways to support the festival. The drumline competition has become a signature event on Saturday each year. Another aspect I enjoy about the drumline competition was that we used it as an opportunity to educate on concepts derived from the movie “Drumline”. A lot of people look to the film Drumline from a cultural perspective but to understand it, quite frankly, the drumline highlights more to the complexity of marching band techniques, coordination and music composition in historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) which in turn actually has been heavily used and adopted by major universities nationally. Drumline builds confidence, innovation, and yes, provides entertainment; the kids have fun and we get to invest in our local schools.

This year’s theme of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Cultural Arts Festival is Military Tribute: “A Salute to Those Who Have Served.” How was the theme developed? A member of the board noted we should recognize our local veterans two years ago. Our thought process is what examples serve as a how diversity benefits our country? The US Military is a key example of what diversity can equate to. The US Military makes diversity a key component of military doctrine and policy due to the strength it brings. Our military history is littered with examples of when differences are put aside the unique skills and feats that can be accomplish, i.e. the Tuskegee Airmen whose missions are the only ones in history to have zero losses of U.S. bombers they escorted and protected during World War II. It is a clear strength of our military branches that is held in high regard throughout our country. As a US Army Veteran myself it’s important be passionate about how much better we all can be as citizens. That is clearly in line with King’s Dream. PAGE

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This year marks the 34th anniversary of the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Arts Festival. Presented by the Improvement League of Plant City, the MLK Festival runs January 11 through January 25, with events celebrating inclusivity, community and innovation. This year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Arts Festival is themed Military Tribute: "A Salute to Those That Served,” honoring our city’s veterans throughout the 13-day festival. Overall sponsors for the MLK Festival include the City of Plant City, Tampa Electric, and Mosaic. Other event sponsors include Jarrett-Scott Ford, Unity in the Community, Taylor Law Firm PA, U.S. Army, Rooms To Go, C&S Wholesale, Arts Council of Plant City, Beasley Media Group, HCC Plant City, Sedita Kilton CPA, B Agile, South Florida Baptist Hospital. This guide serves as your behind-the-scenes look at the schedule of events. From volunteer opportunities to the annual MLK Parade through historic downtown, the community is asked to come together to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Rhythm and Rhyme at The Corner Store PAGE

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PLANT CITY SELFIE TOUR: VISIT PLANT CITY, DISCOVER IT’S HERITAGE

Starting January 11 and running throughout the MLK Festival, the Improvement League of Plant City encourages residents to partake in the Plant City Selfie Tour. Participants will be tasked with scouting Plant City and taking photos with significant structures, places and people in regards to African American history. Stops on the tour include the Sadye Gibbs Martin Auditorium in City Hall or paying a visit Attorney Theodore Taylor of The Taylor Law Firm. Taylor was the first African American from Plant City to obtain his law degree and the first African American to acquire space in downtown Plant City and restore a historic building. For a full printable list of people, places and things on the tour, visit www.plantcitymlkfestival. com/MLKSelfieTour

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OPENING CEREMONY

Marshall Middle School | 11:30 a.m. The Opening Ceremony will kick off the Cultural Arts Festival and introduce the community to this year’s theme “Military Tribute: A Salute to Those That Have Served.” The keynote speaker is a local Purple Heart Recipient.

RHYTHM & RHYME

Corner Store | 7:00 p.m. The Festival head’s downtown for an evening of poetry and live music from local artists. Rhythm & Rhyme is an open mic format, so all are welcome to attend and present their spoken word, poetry, writing or music performance. This event promotes diversity within the downtown district while allowing creative individuals to express themselves through speech and music.

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Roots Taproom & Wine Bar | 10:30 p.m. New to this year’s festival, Diversity Among Friends once again welcomes the community to gather at Roots Taproom & Wine Bar at 101 S. Evers Street. Improvement League President William Thomas, Jr. says the bar’s all-are-welcome atmosphere falls in line with the organization’s mission. Diversity Among Friends will allow generations of Plant Citians to come together and understand their difference while embracing the future, while enjoying craft beers and wines.


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MLK STREET FESTIVAL

MLK Recreation Complex | 11:00 a.m. The MLK Street Festival serves as the pre-parade party. Street vendors will be set up serving snacks and drinks, as MLK Parade attendees gather along the streets in anticipation of the procession. This event is sponsored by Felton’s Meat and Produce and by Florida African American Historic Preservation Network (FAAHPN).

MLK PARADE

Historic Downtown | 1:00 p.m. Beginning at the intersection of Wheeler Street and MLK Boulevard, hundreds gather to enjoy marching bands, dancers, school and church groups, the Tampa Bay Corvette Club and appearances by city and county officials. Plant City-native and U.S. Army veteran Dr. Bernard Robinson will serve as Grand Marshal. The parade procession will march down MLK Blvd for nearly 2 miles to the MLK Recreation Complex. PAGE

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DRUMLINE COMPETITION & LIVE MUSIC

MLK Recreation Complex | 3:00 p.m. Percussion sections from area schools will battle it out in the annual Drumline Competition. Sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union, each school will present a creative percussion performance for the chance to win cash prizes. The public is encouraged to attend to enjoy the music and support youth in music. Following the Drumline Competition, live music will be placed in the recreation complex from the remainder of the evening.

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MLK LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST

HCC Trinkle Center | 7:30 a.m. Dr. Bernard Robinson is expected to Leadership Breakfast. As a veteran of Robinson was the first African American neurosurgical training program at the

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Medical Center. Dr. Robinson is also a published author. In 2017, he released a memoir “Two Ropes,” where chronicles his struggle with equality and recollects on his academic and professional success. Tickets are required to attend this event and it is not open to the public. Only those with a ticket will be permitted to attend. This event is presented by Tampa Electric, Mosaic and Plant City Photo Archives & History Center.

MLK GOSPEL FEST

Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church | 4:00pm “What would an MLK Festival be without a Gospel Fest?” said Improvement League President William Thomas, Jr. The public is welcome to the Gospel Fest, led by Plant City-native and Evangelist Edith Langston the Gospel Mets for two hours of worship and prayer. This event not only honors Dr. King’s gift as a Reverend, but in the broader sense, celebrates the importance of religion and spirituality in African American culture.

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DAY OF SERVICE

Bing Rooming House and African American Museum | 7:00 a.m. The legacy of Dr. King was centered around love and community among all. Those looking for an opportunity to give back to the community are welcome to attend Day of Service. Those in attendance will be split into two groups: One will work on repairs in and around the Bing Rooming House and the other group will serve at the Glover School on Horton Road in Beallsville. Everyone is asked to gather at the Bing Rooming House at 7:00 a.m.

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BOARDWALK TO BETTER HEALTH FAIR Gospel Fest

Mt. Olive Baptist Church | 10:00 a.m. The MLK Cultural Festival wraps up with the Boardwalk to Better Health Fair at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Allen Street. Not only will medical professions be in attendance to discuss health topics and provide screenings, but live cooking demonstrations will guide attendees in healthy eating habits. PAGE

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Did You Know? A Look at Lincoln Elementary School; Its Origin and History By Plant City Photo Archives & History Center

(This is a story in progress. Some of the details are still uncertain and others are yet ascertained. If there are errors or omissions, let us know and we will address them. We appreciate your assistance.)

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he story of Lincoln Elementary School begins in the era of segregation and unfolds slowly as the recognition and the acceptance of the need and the responsibility of providing education for black children developed. In the southeast Hillsborough community of Bealsville that need was primary and was met shortly after Antioch Baptist Church was constructed in 1868. The one-room Antioch School was built in Bealsville in 1873. Its growth continued with the William Glover School in 1933. This concern was slower to arrive in Plant City. Plant City’s black community has long been considered as two basic segments – Madison Park on the west side of State Road 39, and Lincoln Park on the east side. A 1919 Sanborn Map Company map of Plant City shows a school in Lincoln Park – “Public School (Negro)”. It is not clear what school that was or what grades were being taught there. Nonetheless, it was clearly not enough to handle the education of the numbers of school-age black children in the Lincoln Park section of Plant City. This was about to change. In the early years the Hillsborough County School District leadership consisted of the School Board and, in a more advisory capacity, trustees from each sub-district, of which Plant City was one. A strong advocate for the black community was Edward Jackson (E. J.) Marshall, (1870-1942). an entrepreneur, farmer, and businessman who served as the only African American Plant City school trustee. It is said that Marshall was instrumental in convincing the City of Plant City to deed property to the School District for the construction of a new school building. Then in 1920 a large two-story brick

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building named Midway Academy was constructed to the east of Warnell Street on approximately 3 acres of land. Midway Academy began with grades 1 through 8. Although there is reference in a 1925 news article to “Midway Academy High School” playing football against Lomax High School in Tampa, it does not seem that Midway School began to add additional grades beyond 8th grade until 1936. By 1940 the names changed, and the School District named them Plant City Negro Junior High School and Plant City Negro High School, while Midway Academy applied to the lower grades. The black community continued to call the entire school Midway Academy. With the continuing population growth, all Plant City schools were pressed for space. In 1947 Plant City school trustees requested the School Board to get Plant City Negro High School accredited by the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Changes began to be made and expansions were planned. In December 1949, Hillsborough School Board proposed to change the name of Plant City Negro High School to Wheatley High School, after Phillis Wheatley, a former slave who became a nationally renowned poet and for whom Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas, was named in 1927, or to Marshall High School. In January 1950, the Parents and Teachers Association of Plant City strongly requested the School Board to change the name of the high school to E. J. Marshall; shortly after, the School Board agreed on the name E. J. Marshall High School (The Tampa Tribune, January 20, 1950). It was housed in the two-story Midway Academy building. Because of overcrowding, the School District built Simmons Elementary School on Gibbs Street in the Madison Park section of Plant City in 1951 and 5th and 6th grade students from Midway Academy were transferred and bused to Simmons Elementary School. Planning for an additional high school had

been scheduled and students from Hopewell Negro School had been transferred to Plant City after portables were added to the campus. Then, in 1953, the School Board discontinued Strawberry Schools and placed all schools on the same annual schedules. In 1957 work began on the new Marshall High School, which would move the advanced grades off the Midway campus to its new site on South Maryland Avenue. Construction was completed in 1958. The new Marshall High School opened to serve both junior and high school students; the lower grades became Lincoln Elementary School. When the upper grades moved out, the 5th and 6th grades were transferred back to Lincoln from Simmons Elementary. In 1958, the PTA petitioned for paving the streets and sidewalks around Lincoln and later for the closing of Gordon Street so as not to divide the school campus. Following that, in 1961-62, additions were constructed expanding the school’s school rooms and its capacity. Other changes followed. In 1969 faculties in Plant City schools were integrated and in 1971-72 the schools were fully integrated. The former Marshall High School became a seventh grade center; Burney and Simmons Elementary schools were combined and, along with Glover, were changed to sixth grade centers. By 1980 Glover School was considered unnecessary and was closed and the former Midway Academy two-story brick building was razed. By 1995, the school district was reorganizing, and Marshall and Tomlin became middle schools. Lincoln then continued as an elementary school. More changes followed, but that’s another story. Sources: Quintilla Geer Bruton and David E. Bailey, Plant City; Its Origin and History; newspapers.com; ancestry. com; “The History of Marshall High School” manuscript compiled in 2018 by Eddie C. Brooks, Sarah Governor, James R. McDaniel, Helen Rivers, and James Washington; Plant City Photo Archives & History Center collections;


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Meet the Photographer

Deanna Hurley was raised in Plant City and graduated from USF with a BA in Political Science and Government. Hurley worked alongside State Representatives and County Commissioners before taking a position with the City of Plant City in 2014, where she assisted in redevelopment for downtown and Midtown core. So, when she transitioned into photography in 2015, opening her photography studio in the downtown district was a natural step. "I've grown up in Plant City and have fond memories of attending the Car Show and other events with my family in downtown Plant City,” said Hurley. “I love the unity feeling I get in downtown, where all the business owners support each other and are working toward a common goal. When I was looking for a studio space, nothing was as appealing as downtown."

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In line with her passion for a vibrant community, Deanna Hurley Photography is the official photographer for several organizations including the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Plant City Main Street, as well as the Lions Club for the Florida Strawberry Festival Queen program. This year, Deanna has also joined the Florida Strawberry Festival as the official photographer for the


Deanna Hurley Photography specializes in wedding, newborn, and families. Hurley is renowned for her newborn photography, capturing priceless heirloom portraits that families can enjoy for a lifetime.

Junior Royalty pageant and the Strawberry Queen pageant. Christine Miller, Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce President commented on Deanna Hurley’s involvement in the community and Chamber of Commerce. Miller said: “Deanna Hurley is an asset to this community. We are so grateful for her contributions to the Chamber and the entire community. Not only does she donate her photography services but she brought her years of political experience to help launch the Government Affairs Committee and several events to help the community better connect with their representatives.” She also photographs the Calendar Girl pageants for Plant City High School and Durant High School, creating the theme of the calendar, photographing the Cover Girl and Calendar Girls and designing the finished product. “I am honored to be the photographer for the Calendar Girl pageants at Plant City High School & Durant High School, as well as the Lions Club photographer for the Strawberry Queen competition,” said Hurley. "These events bring such joy to our town and it fills me with excitement every year to get to know a new group of young ladies."

An Enhanced Version of Real Life

When she isn’t photographing community events and civic organizations, she is capturing unforgettable moments in the lives of her clients. Sarah Opliger, a mom of five boys and a busy entrepreneur, is a client of Deanna Hurley Photography, utilizing Hurley’s newborn and family portraiture, as well as branding photography for her interior design business, Willows & Rust.

Opliger said: “She photographed my son’s birth, which is an intimate experience, but no matter what session type, she is someone who listens to your wants and achieves your vision. She is patient with my kids and she captures those candid and perfect moments. With my branding photography, she is knowledgeable and so cool to give ideas. She comes with ideas and tries to understand the brand. She has become my friend through it all.” What sets Deanna Hurley Photography apart is her commitment to creating an experience for her clients, from the pre-session planning to client consultations to the portrait session and delivery of heirloom products. Hurley is committed to her education in photography to continue to improve and grow, thus consistently providing clients with stunning images. “I’ve invested in classes on posing, lighting, and other technical aspects like color space, things most people don’t even realize are important,” said Hurley. “My budget includes photography education so I can continue to improve.”

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After each session, Hurley meets with the client again in the studio, reviewing the images from the session. They create customize products like wall art, albums, cards and other specialty items with the portraits. "I am not the photographer for pictures that you post on social media and don't do anything else with,” said Hurley. “My job is not done until you have legacy products with your portraits. I will never be a pushy salesman, but I am here to serve my clients and find the right products to showcase your images."

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RISING STAR Makenzie

Kennedy By Taryn Storter Photography by Anthony Sassano

Makenzie Kennedy, a senior at Plant City High School, has played football for eleven years. After a possible career-ending injury during his freshman year, he was more determined than ever to get back on the field. Kennedy beat the odds and has come back to be selected First Team Western Conference Quarterback. Growing up in Dover, Kennedy learned to play football with the Dover Patriots. His dad played football for the Plant City Raiders, which was motivation for Kennedy to decide to transfer to Plant City High School from Strawberry Crest midway through his Junior year. On December 14, Kennedy competed in the East vs. West All Star Football Game, held at Raymond James Stadium. Following this game, Kennedy was awarded Most Valuable Offensive Player. “It felt great to be able to play in one more high school game with a bunch of kids from other schools,” he explained. “ I honestly thought the receiver from Bloomingdale was also deserving of this award, because he caught two of my touchdowns. But I was very thankful for this honor.” Kennedy expresses that his favorite sport “has always been football. Something about it just always pulled me in wanting to play it.” With sixteen touchdown passes this season and a total of 1,549 passing yards, Kennedy has certainly displayed leadership and determination in leading his team this year. When asked what advice he would provide younger athletes, Kennedy said: “I would tell them to not give up. I thought my career was over in my freshman year when I broke both of my legs at the same time. The doctor told me I’d be lucky to walk again, much less play a sport, but I told the doctor that I’d be playing again in six months and I did.” After high school, Kennedy plans to play football in college and hopes to continue to inspire others with his story of perseverance. He also plans to open his own business after college. PAGE

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Sports Team of the Month Seffner Christian Cross Country By Taryn Storter

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he Seffner Christian Cross-Country team ran into the record books this season. The team won the State 1A Championship in November and made school history, as the first team to ever win a State Championship at Seffner Christian. Impressively, this year’s team won the District, Regional, and State championships. Coach Andrew Holmes has coached the Seffner Christian CrossCountry team for the past twelve years. He is very proud of the boys, as they have achieved this high honor. As the program is small, with only twelve boys, it can be difficult to achieve something like this. However, Holmes explains, “All twelve of our guys were working hard in pursuing the goal of winning the first team state title in school history.” After winning the state title, Coach Holmes expressed, “we were expected to win, but the guys have to step on the course and make it happenbottom line. It was so surreal; it honestly took a while to sink in. I am so happy the guys were able to bring home a state title for our school.”

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Entering next year, three seniors will be graduating in the spring. Holmes said: “John and Paul McKenzie have been running cross country at our school since they were in the fifth grade, so to be able to send them off with a state title was very special.” The team will have some holes to fill next year, but according to Coach Holmes, this will only push the boys harder. “Our guys are still hungry for more success. This will only raise the expectation that they will be contending for state titles every year.” Sophomore Andrew Stowe was very excited to be apart of this state champion team. Stowe expresses, “just being on the team was one of the best experiences of my life. When we won the state championship, I was truly honored to be a part of this team.” The team consisted of John McKenzie, Paul McKenzie, Fortune Ajuh, Dalin Mitchell, Beau Frazier, Blake Devisfruto, Adam Nipper, Ethan Birks, Andrew Stowe, Carson Caplinger, Liam Perkins, and Carter Smith.


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f you are willing to listen to your heart and have the courage to take that leap of faith and act upon it, you then are able to manifest or create your reality. To do so often takes spunk and a willingness to go outside of the so-called “norm” of what many perceive to be safe or a comfortable way to be. That can be both scary and liberating at the same time. Those feelings and more are what Mara Latorre-Rivera has experienced when choosing to turn her passion of sustainable, healthy eating- that also is delicious, fun and appealing- into a platform that is creating and allowing for a dialog with the community. What began for Latorre-Rivera as a creative outlet away from her regular 9 to 5 job, as a way to express herself through her passion in creating nutritious and tasty meals has since turned into her main focus and career. With a background in Urban and Regional Planning, she has the combined knowledge of how communities can work together to create sustainability, along with the ability and know-how to create a platform that is both informative and realistic for food preparation in a way that is better for us and the environment. Latorre-Rivera’s platform The Funky Spork is brought to us through social media sites such as YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as well as through her website. Blogging, videos, and personal interviews with local food specialists, farmers and chefs are just one of the many ways, she explores our relationship with the foods we eat. Each week, Latorre-Rivera produces an original recipe that has been prepared by her own hands and leads us, the viewers, through the whole process from start to finish. Her connection to the food she prepares is something she takes great pride in. She allows herself to become educated on exactly what the ingredients are and where the ingredients come from, along with providing a delicious meal that can be replicated in our own kitchen. What makes Latorre-Rivera and The Funky Spork stand out as a food blog and educator is the element of surprise and funkiness that Latorre-Rivera provides as an inspiration to all who know her. As someone who has just turned 30, she is approaching this new decade as a motivating factor to define her own path. In her own words she explains her motivation as such, “if I can use The Funky Spork as an inclusive space to earnestly explore food, and to give a spotlight to the amazing local folks working hard to make sure we are all fed, then I know I am doing something to be proud of.”

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astor Gerron and Tami Ayento moved recently from Indiana to join the Plant City Church of God staff as Executive Pastor. From Wichita, Kansas and Indiana, respectively, they met at college in North Dakota and married 32 years ago before transferring to Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee in 1987. From Lee, Pastor Gerron earned a BA in Psychology in 1989 and from Liberty University in 2014, his MA in Professional Counseling. Today, along with Bogie, their muchloved Cocker Spaniel, they share their home with Tami’s parents. How did you meet Christ? I am a product of bus ministry. My sister and I went to church four years via the church bus until our parents accepted Christ. A year later, as an 8-year-old sitting in a revival service, I remember a flood of joy come over me as I told Jesus over and over that I loved Him. Later that evening, my mom led me in the sinner’s prayer. What brought you to Florida? After having served as Lead Pastor elsewhere for the previous 10 years and after much prayer and the desire to continue in a pastoral role with a pastoral team whose vision I know and trust, we followed God’s lead. As Executive Pastor, I will enjoy connecting with people and training in

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various areas, because it gives me the opportunity to watch growth in others, while growing myself. Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? I quote my favorite from Psalm 51:10 almost every morning when I wake up: “Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me.” This verse keeps me grounded in the fact that my walk is contingent on surrendering to the God I serve. How do you most enjoy sharing your faith? Serving 30 years in pulpit ministry makes it very “safe” to want to lead others to faith from behind a podium. But I enjoy connecting with people outside the church walls, too, perhaps while playing sports or eating lunch with someone and allowing them to see the life I live for Christ. Any suggestions for those considering the Christian faith? I would simply say, ‘No matter who you are or what you do, Jesus will always love you.’ A person cannot make Jesus not love them. No one else offers that, so deciding for faith in Him will be your best decision ever. Once you become a follower, begin reading God’s word and pray; then find a good church to develop in and get involved as soon as you can.

How do you and Tami minister together? We’ve been involved in team ministry since 1990. She is a type A personality and I’m Type B. This works out so well because I tend to dream, and she’s there to help bring that dream to life. We share the same goal of loving God and loving people in all we do. We’ve been involved in Youth ministry, Music ministry, and Associate roles, so we believe in doing what needs to be done wherever the need is. And how do you relax in spare time? We like going to the movies or shopping at thrift shops. I enjoy sports and reading, and Tami enjoys ‘shopping therapy.’ Of course, dinner dates are always great, too. How are you finding life here so far? It’s a pleasure to live in the Plant City area. It’s so close to larger cities, but has a relaxed environment, with access to things we need and places to enjoy right in town. We’re glad to be Floridians now! Plant City Church of God welcomes all to 2103 Mud Lake Road on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Visit plantcitycog.com or Facebook to learn more.


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to open them up and stare at the fake hams and fake cakes that they put inside for display. Sometimes my sister and I would play “Let’s Make a Deal”. I would be Carol Merrill (the show’s model) and stand in front of the refrigerator or washer and dryer and wave my hand back and forth like I was showing the prize just like she did on the program. We had loads of fun until my parents came to get us and told us that it was time to go to the next store. I am sure those sales people got a good laugh watching us, or did they? We would next continue down the sidewalk of the shopping center to the kiosk where a man stood all day and made keys. I was fascinated with all of the different shapes and colors of the keys. As a kid, I thought that the man that made keys had a very cool job. When my mother got me away from the key maker, we were on our way to Belk-Lindsey. We always bought our Buster Brown shoes there. My sister and I never minded getting new shoes because the salesman always gave out balloons. When we were finished with Belk-Lindsey and had our new shoes in hand, my sister and I would run next door to the Gandee Toy Shop. I can remember Mr. Gandee sitting behind the counter of what my sister and I thought was the happiest place on earth. Gandee Toy Store had everything that you could imagine. There were baby dolls, Barbie Dolls, and G.I.Joe Dolls. There was Play Dough, Silly Putty, Slinkys, Etch A Sketchs, Silly Sand, Creepel People, doll houses, playhouses, toy cars and planes, board games, yard games, tents, drum kits, guitars, hat, horns, and whistles, stuffed animals, model trains, model cars, model rocket ships, and Hot Wheel cars, beauty kits, and tea sets. It was a kid’s paradise. My father would always without fail, buy my sister and I a play fashion ring before we left the store. Mr. Gandee always had a box of toy rings up at the register. My sister and I took forever to select the ring that we wanted. Next, we were up the ramp to the Green Stamp store, to look in the window at all the groovy things you could get with stamps. Our parents would never let us go in the store unless we were ready to redeem our stamps. Next was to the piano and electric organ store. We would stand in the doorway of the store and listen to the salesman play show tunes on the organ. When we were finished listening to the piano and/or organ concert it was down the ramp which meant walking by this weird looking Octopus shaped sculpture. My sister always told me to not

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Strawberry Hut Serving Cubans and Shakes since 1993 BY CIERRA CRAFT PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE STRAWBERRY HUT

1505 N Wheeler St, Plant City, FL 33563 (813) 752-3779 Mon- Sat 6:30am to 6:30pm Sun Closed

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he Strawberry Hut is a Plant City treasure. Some may even say it’s a landmark. On July 20, 1993, Troy and Betty Wilson began leasing 1505 Wheeler Street location, once a Supertest gas station. For 26 years, The Strawberry Hut has served up delicious sandwiches on Ybor City Cuban bread- a mainstay of the business, to which the sandwiches were built upon. The Original Cuban, consisting of Smoked ham, deli ham, mojo pork, salami, swiss cheese, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. Order it pressed and the bread is brushed with garlic butter and put on the heated press, transforming the bread into golden, crunchy goodness. The Strawberry Hut’s eight sandwich selections are available in 4 inch, 8 inch or 12 inch options, ranging from $3.36 to $7.94, respectively. The lunch special includes a 4 inch sandwich of your choice, chips and a 16 ounce drink for $5.61 plus tax. Not only has The Strawberry Hut received the FOCUS Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Best Cuban Sandwich 10 years consecutively, The Strawberry Hut has been recognized by Trips to Discover as one of the top 11 Best Sandwich Shops in Florida. Starting late January or early February, Betty Wilson says The Strawberry Hut will be available for delivery on the Uber Eats app. This is the first time in several years the sandwich shop has offered delivery.

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The Strawberry Hut will be available for delivery on the Uber Eats app. This is the first time in several years the sandwich shop has offered delivery.


What would a trip to The Strawberry Hut be without a milkshake? Available in 16 ounce for $2.94 or a 20 ounce for $3.69, guests can choose from strawberry, pineapple, banana, mocha, malt, Oreo, vanilla or chocolate. Made with fresh fruit or candies, flavors can be mixed for an extra $0.40. While The Strawberry Hut may be renowned for its Cubans and shakes, the establishment offers salads as well. The three varieties- Chef, Greek, and Garden- are plentiful and served with fresh toppings. Guests have their choice of one of six dressings. The Chef and Greek Salad are $6.96 and the Garden Salad is priced at $4.63. The Strawberry Hut is a popular option for quick lunch pick-up or for casual dining on the covered patio. However, the Wilsons have purchased the former Hardee’s Fashion Center adjacent to their current location. Betty says The Strawberry Hut will be relocating next door, to provide indoor seating. Additionally, the building will be outfitted with a drive thru window for pick-up. However, Wilson says it is not known when they will open their doors to the community. However, she said it is possible they will expand the menu to include new items. The public is encouraged to leave their suggestions on the restaurant’s Facebook page @StrawberryHutPlantCity.

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6:00PM The 2020 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen will be crowned at this historic event Grimes Agricultural Center 2508 W Oak Ave Cost: Tickets $15; tickets available at Regions Bank, WL Car Wash, and FSF Admin Office Info: Gail Lyons, 813.967.6366

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Plant City ChiliFest hosted by The Arts Council of Plant City 11:00AM Enjoy mild, spicy or novelty chili, along with live entertainment at this annual event. Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum 102 N. Palmer St Cost: Tasting Bowl $5/person Info: Marsha Passmore, 813. 245.2244

1:00PM Celebrate unity, service and community at the annual MLK Parade in historic downtown Plant City. Parade begins MLK and Collins, heading east on MLK Blvd. Cost: Free Info: www.plantcitymlkfestival.com

6:00PM Up and coming Nashville country artist Melissa Lee provides live entertainment until 8:30PM. Keel and Curley Winery 5210 Thonotosassa Rd. Cost: Free Info: 813.752.9100

FEBRUARY Yoga in the Park 10:00AM In collaboration between PC Main Street and Koa Yoga, this free yoga class is open to the public. Bring a mat, water, and towel. McCall Park 100 N. Collins Street Cost: Free Info: info@plantcitymainstreet.com

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