Plant City embraced spooky season in 2019, but October wasn’t just a time for Halloween fun and games.
Major moves were made within the city, as Richard Lilyquist joined Bill McDaniel’s staff as an Assistant City Manager, Fire Station Three and 2XS developers “put the champagne on ice” for Midtown by entering an agreement with the city to develop it. The Florida Strawberry Festival welcomed four new “red coats” to its board of directors. The city gave veterans a warm welcome a month ahead of Veterans Day with events like Operation Paying it Forward’s “Operation Appreciation” event and Medal of Honor recipients Lt. James Taylor and SSG Ronald Shurer II visiting Wilson Elementary to speak to students. Two of Plant City’s own, Barrett Maravilla and Morgan Brake, were selected to participate in a program during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Week.
Halloween was celebrated all over town as always, but downtown merchants partnered with Plant City Main Street for a new, massive trick-or-treat event during the Food Truck Rally.