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Martina McBride savors the strawberry festival

Country star Martina McBride said she took more than memories away from her March 5 performance at the Florida Strawberry Festival. "I'm taking home a boatload of strawberries," the 46-year-old singer said. "We'll be eating strawberry shortcake for a month." McBride wore a strawberry red jacket during her 90-minute show. It was at least McBride's third appearance at the festival, and she said it's one of her favorite venues, particularly because she can get her fill of shortcake.
A different kind of role for parade organizer For years, civic leader Pat Pogue has — among other duties — organized the Civitan Club's annual Youth Parade at Florida Strawberry Festival time. She tended to many details that go into the parade, from lining up units to making sure there were enough judges. On March 4, she had a unique perspective on another festival-related parade: She served as grand marshal of the Grand Parade. She rode in a red Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible at the head of the 100-unit procession. To say the least, she was thrilled. "I couldn't believe it when they called and said they wanted me to be grand marshal in the parade," she said. "I was so honored." Dover church revival starts March 20 Sydney Baptist Church will hold a mini-revival March 20-24 featuring the Rev. Luis Ramirez. The services will be 7 p.m. March 20-23 and 11 a.m. March 24 at the church, 1502 Cre Road, Dover. A covered dish luncheon will be served after the March 24 service. Ramirez is the pastor of the Hispanic church at First Baptist Church of Dover. Happy 21st for Tip to Toe Tip to Toe will celebrate its 21st anniversary from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the salon, 101 S. Alexander St. The event will include corn hole games, music and food, including smoked turkey legs, pulled chicken, sausages and roasted corn. There also will be a birthday cake, owner Lynn Connor said. There is no charge, she said. "This is a thank you to the community for supporting us for 21 years," Connor said. For information, contact Tip to Toe at (813) 759-8637. Senior places second in speech competition Casey Hamilton, a senior at Plant City High School, took second place at the District Rotary Speech Contest held recently at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Hamilton earned the honor of competing in the event by capturing first place honors at the local competition held Feb. 11 at Carrabba's. He won $150 for his second place finish. Several family members were on hand, including his dad, Mark Hamilton, and grandparents Scott and Starr Anderson and Quinton and Martha Hamilton. For information, call (813) 659-1559. Church to host final concert of season The gospel trio Forgiven will be featured at 6 p.m. March 24 at First Church of God, the last of a three-concert series the church has sponsored this year. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the church, 601 N. Gordon St. This is an encore performance for Forgiven; the group appeared at the church last year and is back by popular demand, pastor Clarence Phairas said. Forgiven, based in Lawrenceburg, Ind., was formed in 1988 by Debbie and Cloid Baker. Jeremy Dickerson is the group's third member. There will be a meet-and-greet session with the artists following the concert, and refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall. There is no admission charge, although there will be an offering for the trio. For information, call the church at (813) 752-6438. Dave Nicholson
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