PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) - Thirty-two women are competing to be
Strawberry queen this year.
Sponsors of the Florida Strawberry Festival say Saturday's
competition is the largest in many years. Last year, 25 women
Several changes were made. Pageant sponsors raised the academic
standards from a 2.75 grade-point average to a 3.0. They also will
do away with the swimsuit competition, in favor of casual wear.
Pageant officials said they received complaints from the public
about contestants wearing swimsuits that were too revealing.
Charles Harris is a member of the Lions Club, a sponsor of the
pageant. He said the decision to switch to casual wear has been
Kristen Smith was last year's winner. Her twin sister, Lauren, is competing this time around.