Florida Strawberry Festival Starts March 1 Through March 11

Strawberry Festival Concerts

The 77th annual Florida Strawberry Festival opened today, March 1 at 10am. A festival that dates all the way back to the 1930’s when the Lions Club had decided people needed to be celebrating the strawberry harvest in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The Strawberry Festival is in the top 40 festivals of North America which hosted more than 500,000 people last year. This years theme is “Growing Sweet Memories.”

The Strawberry festival will be displaying a few rows of berries from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association with information about how they are grown.

It’s not all just Strawberries at the Florida Strawberry Festival. You can also catch headline entertainment like; The Oak Ridge Boys, Gretchen Wilson, The Gatlin Brothers, Demi Lovato, Air Supply, Hank Williams, Jr., Vince Gill, The Band Perry, and Reba McEntire. Free entertainment will include performances by The Nasty Boys and The Lizard Lick Crew and the crowning of the 2012 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen and Court.  See below for the list of the Strawberry Festival concerts from March 1 to March 11.

Strawberry Festival Concerts:

Thursday, March 1
10:30 am: Jimmy Sturr – Free
3:30 pm: The Oak Ridge Boys – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: Gretchen Wilson – $15 & $20

Friday, March 2
3:30 pm: The Gatlin Brothers/ Crystal Gayle – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: Demi Lovato – $30 & $35

Saturday, March 3
1:00 pm: Suite Caroline – Free
3:30 pm: Lauren Alaina – $10 & $15
7:30 pm: Air Supply – $15 & $20

Sunday, March 4
3:30 pm: Jake Owen – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: Hank Williams, Jr “Taking Back the Country Tour” – $50

Monday, March 5
3:30 pm: Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store presents: Josh Tuner $25 & $30

Tuesday, March 6
3:30 pm: Brenda Lee – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: Vince Gill – $35

Wednesday, March 7
3:30 pm: Lee Greenwood / Louise Mandrell – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: The Band Perry – $25 & 30

Thursday, March 8
10:30 am: Ronnie McDowell – Free
3:30 pm: The Charlie Daniels Band – $20 & $25
7:30 pm: Luke Bryan – $30 & $35

Friday, March 9
3:30 pm: Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Bobby Hendrick’s Drifters, The Platters – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: TobyMac – $20 & $25

Saturday, March 10
3:30 pm: Allstar Weekend – $10 & $15
7:30 pm: Rodney Atkins – $20 & $25

Sunday, March 11
3:30 pm: Easton Corbin – $15 & $20
7:30 pm: Reba – $50

KeeLee Tomlinson, public relations and media representative for the Florida Strawberry Festival said, “The biggest thing about our entertainment is that we provide something for everyone. There’s everything from Demi Lovato and Allstar Weekend for kids; then we have Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys. We really give a wide variety of genres for kids of all ages.”

Gates will be open daily through March 11th from 10am-10pm. You can purchase advanced tickets at Sweetbay Supermarkets for $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12. Kids ages 5 and under are free. Tickets at the door will cost you $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Florida Strawberry Festival History:

Strawberry Festival is about a piece of American history and as the Florida Strawberry Festival website states, “The Florida Strawberry Festival represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. It has continued to grow in popularity year after year through the preservation of this heritage. Central to its focus, the Festival continues to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry.”

“Further, steeped in tradition, the Florida Strawberry Festival is alive with volunteer spirit, uniting people from all parts of Plant City, Florida and the surrounding area. The event began back in 1930 when members of the newly organized Plant City Lions Club conceived the idea of an event to celebrate the bountiful harvest of strawberries. In 1948, the American Legion Post #26 helped get the Florida Strawberry Festival reactivated following a six-year hiatus during and immediately following World War II. The Lions Club and other civic organizations have participated in the Festival ever since.”

Florida Strawberry Festival Map:

Strawberry Festival

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