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STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN

After more than 40 years, the director of the Florida Strawberry Festival resigned this week.

A former radio broadcaster, the aptly named Al Berry began volunteering for the Plant City festival in 1971 before becoming part of its 14-member board of directors. During his tenure, the festival grew to an 11-day event featuring popular country acts.

Phil Waldron, a former city manager for Plant City, will fill Berry's position on the board. He has been associate director for 16 years.

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