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Archives will celebrate Plant City’s 1999 record-setting shortcake

PLANT CITY – A video of the time that Plant City set a record for the world’s largest shortcake will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The video of the 6,000-pound shortcake was recently rediscovered by a Plant City Photo Archives and History Center staff member. The VHS recording was converted to DVD and will be shown for free at the archives, 106 S. Evers St. Refreshments will be served.

Copies will be available for $20.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce organized about 1,000 volunteers who earned the winter strawberry capital a spot in the Guinness World Records nearly 15 years ago.

“We were the largest and it (the record) stood for a couple of years,” archives Executive Director Gil Gott said.

The huge shortcake was constructed on North Drane Street in McCall Park on Feb. 19, 1999. The shortcake included 480 flats of berries, 678 half-sheets of cake, 450 pounds of sugar, and 40 cases of whipped topping.

Some of the volunteers involved in the shortcake project will be on hand for this showing, and the public is invited to enjoy the remembrance of the historic event.

For information, call the archives office at (813) 754.1578.

Plant City’s shortcake was impressive, but it was a lightweight compared with the reigning champion.

According to the Guinness World Record web site, the current world record shortcake weighed more than 21,000 pounds and was created March 20, 2004 at the Trinidad Strawberry Festival, Benguet, Philippines.

“I don’t think that Plant City is ever going to try it again,” Gott said.

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