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Plant City Observer Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 9 months ago

2.2.18 Your Town

Plant City named as top train watching location and the Strawberry Youth Parade applications are open.
by: Breanne Williams Staff Writer

Plant City named as top train watching location

Trains Magazine named Plant City as one of “America’s Top Train Watching Locations.” The Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum features a covered, two-story train-watching platform. From there, onlookers can view the at-grade diamond crossing of the former CSX Seaboard Air Line Yeoman Subdivision and the ex-Atlantic Coast Line Lakeland Subdivision.

Everything from chemicals to orange juice makes its way across the steel tracks and the occasional Amtrak train will be found toting passengers to and from Tampa. The train-watching platform has a radio scanner, which indicates to viewers when a train is approaching.

Strawberry Youth Parade applications open

The 2018 Strawberry Youth Parade is now accepting participant applications. There will be awards for the best club or group float, best church florat, best marching unit and the best band entry. The awards program for winners will be at the Stingray Entertainment Tent at the Strawberry Festival at 12:30 p.m. March 3.

Caroline Brummer, a member of the 2017 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen’s court, was chosen as the 2018 Strawberry Youth Parade Grand Marshal. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the State Farmers Market and will move north on Alexander Street to Reynolds Street. Then it will turn on Sammonds Road and end at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds.

For more information contact Pat Pogue at [email protected] or Tray Towles at 813-754-4680.



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