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Florida fashion show brings community together

on Monday,February 07,2011 18:02

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Many people have a passion for fashion, but more than 70 Floridians recently had the opportunity to expand upon their interest at the annual Strawberry Festival, according to The Brandon News and Tribune.

More than 550 people watched residents strut down the runway in everything from evening gowns to western wear. Chairwoman Linda Walden and her husband, Jim, took the initiative to begin hosting the event more than 30 years ago. Jim Walden passed away in 1994 from cancer, and now his wife plays a leading roll in hosting the fashion show annually in his honor.

'It's like being part of a large family," Walden told the news source. "The festival has become a unifying image and entity for every resident in our community. Being a part of the festival family has helped me retain so many good memories."

Although the fashion show was held at the end of January, the Strawberry Festival does not begin until March 3. The event is meant to build excitement for the festival.

A fashion show may inspire individuals to embark on careers in design. Individuals with a postsecondary degree might increase their chances of finding a job in the industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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