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Facts About Plant City

Plant CityPlant City is a richly diverse place that extends far beyond the luscious strawberries that have made it world famous. While many assume its name was derived from the plethora of fruits, vegetables and tropical houseplants that grow in the area, Plant City was given its moniker in honor of the prestigious railroad developer, Henry B. Plant.

Finding its Identity

Originally dubbed Ichepucksassa after the nearby Native American village of the same name, and later renamed Cork after the Irish postmaster’s birthplace, Plant City began as a large hub of the cotton trade. Henry B. Plant boosted the city’s agricultural commerce by including it in the South Florida Railroad line and the primary crop was changed to strawberries shortly after, earning it the title of winter strawberry capital of the world. Today, over 75 percent of the nation’s midwinter strawberries are sourced from Plant City.

A Berry Good Time for All

To pay homage to its leading crop, Plant City holds the Florida Strawberry Festival every winter. While featuring classic fair midway rides, carnival games and live entertainment for children and adults alike, the festival puts its namesake at center stage with visitors sampling some the best strawberry shortcakes, pies, ice cream and cobblers around. Cultural and fine art exhibits, along with livestock contests, high school marching bands and parade floats will help round out your fun-filled day.

Other enjoyable attractions in Plant City include the Strawberry Classic Car Show and Bike Fest, where vendors and car/motorcycle enthusiasts come together each month to share their passion for great rides. Contests for best restoration job, best classic car and best bike draw some stunning entries from all over the United States.

The yearly Plant City Dr. Martin Luther King Cultural Arts Festival is a stellar opportunity for everyone to gain knowledge and insight about the history of African culture, participate in community outreach projects and enjoy leadership forums along with a commemorative breakfast. It’s a great way to showcase diversity awareness by including all Plant City residents in a celebration of one of the most influential civil rights pioneers

Of course, it’s hard to spend time in the Sunshine State without taking in a little finger-licking barbecue or live music and no place is better to experience both than Plant City’s own Pig Jam. An al fresco music event that features the best food and drink offerings from local restaurants and taverns, the festival also showcases artisan crafts and official Pig Jam merchandise. If you feel your own brand of barbecue is up to snuff, enter it in the annual Plant City Pig Jam State BBQ Championship and challenge others for the $3,000 Grand Prize.