Florida Strawberry Festival

Spring is right around the corner. What better way to get into the change of season than with something sweet! One of the first festivals of the season kicks off this week in the Sunshine State.

About the Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County.  Hillsborough County is the home to 2,800 diverse farms and 10,000 acres of strawberries planted annually.  Each year, over half a million visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, commerce exhibits and, of course, strawberry shortcake.  The festival has run continually for 70 years.  It originally began in 1930 but was cancelled for six years due to World War II. Rated as one of the top 40 Fairs to in the country, it has held true to its traditions every year with the whole community involved in the event. 

Each spring the Florida Strawberry Festival rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from all over the nation. Plant City offers a motor coach campground close to the festival grounds called the Sanlan RV and Golf Resort. Sanlan is a dog friendly community so your furry friends won’t need to worry. Go to https://www.reserveamerica.com/  and reserve your site today.

The Festival recently released its lineup of entertainment featuring old favorites, as well as several newcomers. Well-known entertainers include Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Earth, Wind and Fire, Vanilla Ice and Salt-n-Pepa. A full schedule of entertainment is displayed below.  Please link to the entertainment portion of their website to determine which concerts require tickets and which are free of charge (link: http://flstrawberryfestival.com/entertainment/ ). 

The 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival lineup:

Thursday, March 1 10:30 a.m. Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra

                                  3:30 p.m. Oak Ridge Boys

                                  7:30 p.m. DNCE

Friday, March 2          3:30 p.m. Jerry Lee Lewis

                                      7:30 p.m. Justin Moore and Dylan Scott

Saturday, March 3      3:30 p.m. Cam

                                  7:30 p.m. The Band Perry

Sunday, March 4   3:30 p.m. Lee Greenwood

                           7:30 p.m. Reba McEntire

Monday, March 5 3:30 p.m. Jimmy Fortune

                             7:30 p.m. Josh Turner

Tuesday, March 6 3:30 p.m. Gaither Vocal Band

                              7:30 p.m. Casting Crowns

Wednesday, March 7   3:30 p.m. Engelbert Humperdinck

                                    7:30 p.m. Trace Adkins

Thursday, March 8 10:30 a.m. The Lettermen

                                 3:30 p.m. Drifters, Platters and Cornell Gunter's Coasters

                                7:30 p.m. I Love the 90s Tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc and Salt-N-Pepa

Friday, March 9      3:30 p.m. Charley Pride

                               7:30 p.m. Earth, Wind & Fire

Saturday, March 10    3:30 p.m. Sawyer Brown

                                  7:30 p.m. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Anthony Hamilton

Sunday, March 11      3:30 p.m. Chase Bryant

                                  7:30 p.m. Brad Paisley

The 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival will take place March 1-11 in Plant City, Fla. For more information, visit www.flstrawberryfestival.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#berryfest18).



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