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Obama Joins Former Mayor For Plant City Visit

By GEORGE WILKENS | The Tampa Tribune
Published: August 1, 2008
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Presidential candidate Barack Obama's Plant City stop this afternoon turned out to be at the popular tourist destination, Parkesdale Farm Market. He was accompanied by John Dicks, a Democratic congressional candidate and former mayor of Plant City.
Obama's bus caravan arrived at the market near the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds shortly before 2 p.m. Obama bought 50 strawberry milkshakes—for his press and staff entourage—and some peaches. He also shook hands with customers.
The market, founded by the late Roy Parke, is a popular destination for candidates and politicians as well as tourists.

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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, right, meets Parkesdale Farm Market owner Jim Meeks, left, on an unannounced stop in his visit to the bay area Friday afternoon. Tribune photo by GREG FIGHT

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama meets holds Piper Meeks, 2 months, the granddaughter of Parkesdale Farm Market owner Jim Meeks, on an unannounced stop in his visit to the bay area Friday afternoon. Tribune photo by GREG FIGHT

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gets a taste of a strawberry shake at Parkesdale Farm Market Friday afternoon. Obama told owner Jim Meeks he had heard Parkesdale makes the "best strawberry shakes in the world." TBO.com photo by KEVIN BRADY

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama leaves Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City after an unannounced stop in his visit to the bay area Friday afternoon. Tribune photo by GREG FIGHT