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Plant City Observer Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 1 month ago

Arts Council raises first new banner

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The first of 50 banners to be displayed around town went up Thursday evening.
by: Justin Kline Sports/Associate Editor

The Arts Council of Plant City's movement to bring eye-catching banners to town kicked off on Thursday at the Bruton Memorial Library.

The banners feature designs honoring Plant City traditions, including strawberries and a locomotive.

At 5:30 p.m., members of the Arts Council, city commission and more gathered outside to commemorate the hanging of the group's first red and green banner, located at the corner of North Wheeler Street and McLendon Street. The banner is the first of 50 to be displayed around downtown Plant City as part of the Arts Council's Lamppost Banner Program.

"I think, once the sprinkling happens around town, it's gonna be a real exciting time for the downtown area," Arts Council president Marsha Passmore said.

Passmore called the banner project one of the biggest the group has, along with the annual downtown display of the lifelike J. Seward Johnson sculptures.

"I'm quite honored to be asked to help be a part of this. It was a collaborative effort and I think we came up with something big," banner designer Paul Hetrick said.

Justin Kline is the Sports/Associate Editor at the Plant City Times & Observer. He has been covering all things sports-related in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World since 2013, and hosts the weekly Gridiron Report podcast during high school football season.

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