After originally being postponed, Plant City’s annual MLK Fest kicked off in April, taking over downtown with a Parade that began and ended at the Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center. The festival continued with events that ran throughout the month, including the MLK Leadership Breakfast where keynote speakers joined in honoring five Plant City residents as “Community Champions.” At a commission meeting later in the month, Building Official Jesse Carr received a special proclamation from Mayor Rick Lott and his fellow commissioners, thanking him for his more than 30 years of service to Plant City.
Hundreds of kids flocked to Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex to participate in the yearly City-Wide Easter egg hunt. Thanks to several key sponsors, the free event saw over 10,000 easter eggs hidden for children broken down into four age groups to collect, all with a chance to become a golden egg winner.
Plant City Common Community Garden held their new Earth, Wind & Garden event to celebrate Earth Day, a free, family-friendly, all-day event that invited all to come out and join in fun and educational activities to help them become better caretakers of our Earth. Another new event kicked off as Blues, BBQ & Berries took over Evers St. Hosted by the Improvement League of Plant City and Plant City Main Street, attendees were able to enjoy delicious barbecue accompanied by live music, free exhibits and a chance to explore local businesses along the way.
Strawberry Crest’s boys tennis team made program history with their first district championship, while Plant City finished second. Conversely in the girls tournament, Plant City took the top spot while Crest finished behind them. And Durant’s flag football team saw their fantastic regular season run, one that saw just one loss and half of their victories coming by way of a shutout, end in the District Championship game.