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Crowds flock to first day of Florida Strawberry Festival

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PLANT CITY, FL (WFLA) -

Hundreds of people came out to Plant City to celebrate the first day of the 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival.

It's no coincidence that opening day is on the same day as National Strawberry Day, said Florida Strawberry Growers Association's Sue Harrell.

"This is the winter strawberry capital of the world right here in Plant City. There are approximately eleven thousand acres being grown in this area and this is like the central location that's about a twenty mile radius in Plant City," Harrell said.

The Festival got its start during the Great Depression when Herbert Hoover was president and Harrell says every year it just keeps getting better.

"It's like a tradition," said Harrell. "It's going on it's 79th year and it's growing bigger and better. The entertainment is outstanding, I think that's what draws a lot of people here and you really can't beat a strawberry."

The Florida Strawberry Festival runs through March 9th with live musical entertainment every night.

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