We asked the 2021 Strawberry Queen and Court: If someone’s coming to the Florida Strawberry Festival for the first time, what’s the first thing they should do?
“Something very special to me this year is the Queen’s Exhibit where my dress from the Strawberry Queen’s pageant will stay in an enclosed case for the next year, along with my picture which will stay forever. It’s a reminder of such an amazing experience I had and the absolutely amazing opportunities I will receive this year. Something else to go to is the Amish doughnuts stand (Peachey’s). I cannot explain the obsession I have for those doughnuts, but if you have a sweet tooth you NEED to go try these.” — Queen McKenna Jordan
“To visit the Neighborhood Village. Within that building there are baking contests, sewing projects and different ways for people in our community to express themselves and share their talents. But my favorite part would be the Queen’s Exhibit that is featured. Having the opportunity to be a part of the exhibit this year is so humbling and an amazing honor. The festival showcases the queens and courts from 1930 to now. But being able to see the evolution of the scholarship pageant and what it has become today is so unique and one great thing that is showcased here at the Florida Strawberry Festival.” — First Maid Avery Surrency
“If this was someone’s first time visiting the festival I’d tell them ‘All aboard! Welcome to everyone’s favorite train station.’ The first thing they should do is try all the delicious food. From Amish doughnuts to Island Noodles and Fiske fries, the options are endless.” — KellieAnne Kirkland
“As a first time festival-goer, I think that the place to be is the Milton E Hull Armory Building because during the festival, the inside of the building is decorated with the art and photographs made by the people of our beloved Plant City. Being able to witness such creativity and all of the different perspectives of our town through the art of our people is such a unique experience which is why that’s the first place I’d recommend someone to go.” — Brynne Murphy
“The first place someone should go at the festival if they have never been would definitely be the TECO Expo Hall. It’s such a heartwarming experience walking through and meeting so many vendors who are so passionate about their work. You can see everything from crazy socks and monogrammed backpacks to the most beautiful jewelry pieces. You see so many unique gifts and personalities as you walk through the hall and it’ll get every visitor excited for the day ahead.” — Kate Turner