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Published: Apr 10, 2014 6:43 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 10, 2014 6:44 AM EDT

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) - The man who has led Plant City's Strawberry Festival for 43 years has resigned, saying it's time for new blood.
    
The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1k7K4WN ) reports 78-year-old Al Berry attended his last board meeting as director on Tuesday.
    
Under his guidance the festival became Plant City's signature event, doubling its duration to 11 days. The festival, which started in 1930, added big-name entertainers - starting with an appearance by Dale Evans, wife of cowboy actor Roy Rogers. More recently, the festival has added top shelf country music entertainers, including Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift.
    
Berry says he's proud of what the e adds that he's proud of what the Strawberry Festival has become.
    
He will continue as a director emeritus and will continue in his role as the festival's mascot - Mr. Berry.

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