I’m a native Floridian, and so is my mother and grandmother. Been married to two men that are native Floridians, as are both of their parents. I have a long Florida family connection and have lived here all my life except for a few years in 1980s. Traveled all over the state and seen and done lots. But I had never been to the Plant City Strawberry Festival until this past spring. I’ve seen it advertised for years and always meant to go. But it’s held in late February and I’m a tax accountant so the timing wasn’t ever right.
Well this year I left my corporate job just as the festival was winding down so hubby and I decided to take a drive over and check it out. It’s about an hour away from where I live so it was a nice day trip for us. In my mind I thought it would be lots of strawberry eating and recipes, entertainment, games and contests, maybe a square dance or two. Kind of a down home folksy event. I was wrong. It was a fair. Big midway, fair food, carnival game booths. But there were a lot of strawberry exhibits, agriculture, and the theme was definitely red and sweet. It was a fun day, just not exactly what I had expected. During the day I took lots of pictures to share, and gathered some thoughts and ideas.