Feb 29, 2024 - News

Plant City Strawberry Queen's Best Day Ever

Photo illustration of Annistyn Griffin and a map of the Tampa Bay area.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Jose Lozoya for the Florida Strawberry Festival

Plant City crowned Annistyn Griffin, a junior at Durant High School, as this year's Strawberry Festival Queen β€” continuing a tradition that stretches back nine decades.

We asked the queen what her best day ever at the Florida Strawberry Festival would look like:

🍩 Breakfast: An Amish donut. "I always look forward to the festival, so I can start my mornings off right."

🐎 Morning activity: She feeds, waters and cleans up after her steer, "Eeyore," whom she will present as an exhibitor.

πŸ‹ Lunch: Smitty's hand-dipped buttermilk corn dog and Netterfield's lemonade.

πŸ› Afternoon activity: She walks around the midway and goes down the giant slide. "This year, I am super excited to go and visit the Strawberry Festival Queens Exhibit and History Museum."

πŸ₯’ Dinner: Pickle Barrel. She loves the steak tips and mashed potatoes, with a Brandon Farms strawberry milkshake for her sweet tooth.

🎸 Evening activity: She watches the headline entertainment and her fellow exhibitors at the Grimes building.

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