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Plant City Observer Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 8 months ago

News Brief 4.12.18

Spring Market Day headed to Plant City, Railfest returns and Planters Reunite early registration deadline approaches.

Spring Market Day headed to Plant City

Local vendors are being invited to show off their goods at the Plant City Tractor Supply’s Spring Market Day. The event will be held May 12 and vendors need to register by May 9. Vendors who specialize in everything from crafts, candles, soaps, honey, eggs, produce, baked goods, gardening, furniture and more are encouraged to sign up.

To register, vendors should go to or the Plant City store located at 1803 James L Redman Pkwy. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also invited to register for the event. During the market, vendors will have tents set up in front of the store for free to sell their goods.

The high turnout of the first Planters Reunite event five years ago has led to the second event this May.

Planters Reunite early registration deadline approaches

When the first Planters Reunite reunion was held five years ago for all of the classes that attended Plant City High School at its old location, the planners were shocked to see more than 600 people attend the event.

Due to the high demand they have decided to host a second event on May 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Charlie Grimes Agricultural Center. The event is for classes of 1956 to 1972 in one large combined class reunion. Tickets are $45 per person and will include a buffet menu featuring chicken, roast beef, salads, desserts and more.

The early registration form is due April 15. For more information contact Patsy Ballard at 813-659-1240 or [email protected] and visit the event’s Facebook page. If you miss the deadline the cost of the tickets will increase to $50 per person. Checks should be made payable and male to “Planters Reunite” P.O. Box 93 Dover, FL 33527.

Railfest returns this Saturday in the heart of downtown Plant City.

Railfest returns 

The annual Railfest event is back and bigger than ever. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum. There will be free goody bags for children, food like barbecue and hot dogs, which will be free for children, and musical entertainment. One of the highlights of the event will be the silent auction featuring railroad memorabilia, which raises money for the museum and also helps promote awareness about the history of the railroad. There will also be a symposium on train viewing during the event around noon.

“We’re still going to have the auction and the live music that day and it’s partnering very well with Praise in the Park that afternoon,” Eric Barber, president of the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum’s board, said.

During the event, the fourth annual Golden Spike Award, which is awarded to an individual who has promoted the community and museum, and the Little Golden Spike, which is awarded to an energetic young fan of the railroad, will be given out.

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