Ranking among the Top 40 Fairs in North America, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City is back and better than ever! From February 28 through March 10, you can enjoy live top-name entertainment, social events, contests, rides, arts and crafts, parades, livestock shows, fine arts, and, of course, beautiful exhibits of agriculture at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds. You won't want to miss all that this celebration has to offer!
At the Florida Strawberry Festival, you'll also be able to find the best fresh local products like squash, tomatoes, eggs, dairy, citrus, and even tropical fish, but the star of the show will definitely be the dozens of attractions featuring strawberries! In addition to their world-famous strawberry shortcake, expect to find strawberry milkshakes, dipped strawberries, cheesecakes, and even sandwiches and hamburgers with strawberries.
The 2019 Florida Strawberry Festival has an amazing line-up of artists that will get you moving! Every year, some of the best of the best come to perform, and this year is no exception. Kool and the Gang, Pat Boone, and For King & Country are just some of the many artists who will be performing this year, so there will be music for everyone in your family to enjoy.
Not only can you choose from dozens of artists to watch, but you can also enjoy a Battle of the Bands concert completely free with gate admission. And music isn't the only entertainment. There will be food contests, racing pigs, dog shows, magic shows, and more!
Have little ones? With over 80 rides, games, and attractions there will be plenty of things for kids to enjoy as well. One of the most popular attractions for the kiddos is the SunnyBell Kiddie Korral sponsored by the Florida Dairy Farmers. There, the can enjoy fun rides like the Space Train, Merry-Go-Round, and Motorcycles. The Neighborhood Village also has a bunch of fun activities for the whole family like cake decorating, jewelry and beading, and scrap-booking.
As there are activities for everyone, there's also food for everyone at the Florida Strawberry Festival! The 11-day festival is a celebration of the Eastern Hillsborough County's strawberry harvest, showcasing the most beautiful strawberries you will ever see. Here, you'll find some of the most unique innovations with strawberry-themed foods.
The Chocoberry Oreo is a home-made chocolate/strawberry sandwich cookie with deep-fried Oreo and strawberry batter sandwiching home-made sweet cream. If you prefer salty snacks to sweet treats, strawberry kettle corn would be the perfect snack. And you can't forget to get your flat of fresh strawberries from Parkesdale Farms!
The gates of the festival will open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day as well as the SunnyBell Kiddie Korral, but the BelleCity Midway will open from 12-11 pm from Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and Mondays. On March 8, it will close just before 10:00 pm and re-open at 10:00 pm for Moonlight Magic until 2:00 am.
Parking will be available at Florida Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in the blue, red and gray parking lots located on Ritter Street off of Highway 92 and Highway 574. Cars, pickup trucks, and vans under 20 ft. will be $5, vehicles 20-39 ft. will be $10, and vehicles or buses over 40 ft. will be $15. Parking will also be available in the Bryan Elementary School track and Tomlin Middle School as well as other lots around the festival area.
Adults 13 and up will be $10, children ages six to 12 will be $5, and children five years and younger will be admitted for free. All live entertainment will vary in price except for the Battle of The Bands Finale concert on March 9. As of January 31, there are discounted gate admission tickets in a few Publix Super Market Stores.
Now that the weather is warming up and we're all ready for festivities again, bring the family out to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City for a fun time everyone will enjoy.
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