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Chamber salutes agriculture

The Chamber of Commerce will salute agriculture next week with a breakfast and awards presentation.

The breakfast, an annual premier event for the region's agricultural community, is set for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Evelyn & Batista Madonia, Sr. Agricultural Show Center, 2301 W Oak Ave., on the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds. This event's sponsor is Farm Credit of Central Florida. Call (813) 754-3707 by Monday to make reservations. Tickets cost $15.

Among the awards to be presented are Agriculturalist of the Year, Young Agriculturalist of the Year and Agri-Business of the Year.

Sculpture exhibit at history center

The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center is running a monthlong exhibit, "Sculptures of Fire and Bronze, A One-Woman Exhibit and Journey with Sculpture Artist Betty Jones." The exhibit, which had a reception last Friday, has Jones, who makes sculptures in fiber and is primarily a hat designer, teaming up with bronze sculpture artist J. Seward Johnson, who creates life-size man-on-the-street sculptures.

Eight Johnson statues on loan from the Sculpture Foundation of Santa Monica, Calif., are on display at the photo archives, along with some of Jones' creations and photographs of well-known local residents, such as Fred Johnson, wearing Jones' whimsical hats.

The exhibit is free. The history center, 106 S Evers St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (813) 754-1578.

Monthly Bike Fest rolls downtown

Bike Fest is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Plant City. Expect to see thousands of motorcycles for this monthly event.

Rich Shopes can be reached at or (813) 661-2454.

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Plant City community news 08/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 4:30am]
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