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Gary Wishnatzki, owner of Wish Farms, blew the airhorn to kick off the 2018 Strawberry Picking Challenge.

A legend-berry competition

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Gary Wishnatzki, owner of Wish Farms, blew the airhorn to kick off the 2018 Strawberry Picking Challenge.

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Competitors cheered their team on while they picked their rows.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Competitors cheered their team on while they picked their rows.

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Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office made a team and competed in the event.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office made a team and competed in the event.

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Competitors ranged from all ages at the challenge.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Competitors ranged from all ages at the challenge.

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Those who participated in the challenge had to pick the ripe berries, leave the green ones and clean the plant from any rotting fruit in order to be deemed a proper picker.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Those who participated in the challenge had to pick the ripe berries, leave the green ones and clean the plant from any rotting fruit in order to be deemed a proper picker.

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Each team member filled a carton full of berries then switched with the next competitor.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Each team member filled a carton full of berries then switched with the next competitor.

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Kelli and Abigail Smith enjoying a leisurely afternoon picking strawberries at Futch Farms.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Kelli and Abigail Smith enjoying a leisurely afternoon picking strawberries at Futch Farms.

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The winners of the Strawberry Picking Contest receive coveted strawberry trophies.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

The winners of the Strawberry Picking Contest receive coveted strawberry trophies.

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Mr. Berry led some children in fun exercises and dances.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Mr. Berry led some children in fun exercises and dances.

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Strawberry Queen Court member Selena Berrios with a small fan.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Strawberry Queen Court member Selena Berrios with a small fan.

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A young girl brought Strawberry Queen Court member Selena Berrios a basket of picked strawberries.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

A young girl brought Strawberry Queen Court member Selena Berrios a basket of picked strawberries.

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The 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen and her court watched the NRG performances.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

The 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen and her court watched the NRG performances.

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Members of Next Radical Generation sang to attendees at the annual Strawberry Picking Contest.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Members of Next Radical Generation sang to attendees at the annual Strawberry Picking Contest.

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The 2018 Florida Strawberry Queen and Court posed with children at the annual event.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

The 2018 Florida Strawberry Queen and Court posed with children at the annual event.

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Strawberry Queen Ally Burt and Jayla Taylor.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Strawberry Queen Ally Burt and Jayla Taylor.

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There were four heats of the competition ending with the Pro Picker Competition and then the finals.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

There were four heats of the competition ending with the Pro Picker Competition and then the finals.

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Eight youth were randomly drawn to compete in the strawberry shortcake eating contest.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Eight youth were randomly drawn to compete in the strawberry shortcake eating contest.

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The youth in the eating contest were competing for tickets to the 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

The youth in the eating contest were competing for tickets to the 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival.

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Competitors finished their bowl of shortcake topped with strawberries and whipped cream in less than a minute.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

Competitors finished their bowl of shortcake topped with strawberries and whipped cream in less than a minute.

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The eating contest competitors weren't afraid to get messy at the annual shortcake challenge.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 |

The eating contest competitors weren't afraid to get messy at the annual shortcake challenge.

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