Once again, downtown businesses united in honor of the Boy Who Lived as the community rallied together in a Harry Potter-themed celebration.
Witches and wizards — many of whom arrived in their house robes — were spotted throughout the city during the seven-hour event. A variety of businesses offered unique deals, Harry Potter-themed beverages, food and merchandise for the special event. This was the third year the celebration has been held in Plant City.
This year, Plant City Main Street’s Merchant Committee took the reins and the organization reminded attendees to social distance, wear masks, stay with their parties and use hand sanitizer as frequently as possible.
The event has grown each year and ,despite the pandemic, 2020 was no exception. The longer hours helped keep people from flocking to downtown all at once. Several said they traveled from all over the state with their families to participate.
Main Street also added photo ops and a virtual costume contest to the lineup. At check-in, which was held at the train depot, attendees could take their photo under their house banner, with “Have You Seen This Wizard?” wanted posters and at Platform 9 3/4.
The Harry Potter soundtrack played throughout the evening from the speakers in McCall Park and many stores got in on the action by having the movies or the audiobooks playing as guests shopped.
Some even built photo ops of their own or had games and activities available for attendees to try.
To check out the costume contest, visit Plant City Main Street on Facebook. For more photos of the event, visit plantcityobserver.com.