Plant City, the “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World”, is surrounded by pasture lands, citrus groves, strawberry fields and nursery farms. The majority of the country’s strawberries are grown here on 8,300 acres of farmland.
The Florida Strawberry Festival dates back to the 1930’s, and is one of Florida’s largest events. The Festival features arts, crafts, horticulture, livestock, agriculture, rides, top named entertainment, and you can even enter the strawberry shortcake eating contest.
Plant City's original name was Ichepuckassa after the Indian village that one occupid this territory. So much confusion was created with the spelling and pronunciation, that the Irish postmaster renamed the village Cork, after his home city. In 1884 Henry B Plant extended his South Florida Railroad into the town and one year later, when the town was incorported, it was once again renamed to Plant City in honor of Henry B Plant.
Originally Plant City was a large cotton center. Changing their major crop to strawberries has brought them national recognition. Today, over three-quarters of the Nations midwinter strawberries com from Plant City. It's not uncommon to drive throught the town and find road side standsselling strawberry shortcake. At the Strawberry Festival held each winter, you can taste some of the finest shortcake, pie, and cobblers made from the freshest strawberries in the land.
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