There has been a lot of talk in recent years about sustainable farming and eating locally-grown produce of fruits and vegetables. Since 1930, there hasn’t been a place where that has been so true than in Plant City and their celebration of the strawberry at the Florida Strawberry Festival.
Florida Strawberry Festival 2015
Every year in March over 500,000 visitors transcend onto the small agricultural city of Plant City, a city about a 45 minute drive from Disney Property southwest along Interstate 4, to celebrate all things strawberry. The city may be small but the festival is big, traditionally bringing in the best country acts out there today including country artists Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, and Neal McCoy. The 2015 event marks the 80th year, and will take place beginning on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 and will run every day until Sunday, March 8th, 2015.
Parades, Midway Rides, Eating Contest, and Animal Races
At the core of the festival is a number of events of free entertainment that range from the Florida Strawberry Parade, to poultry, lamb, and rabbit shows throughout the festival, and corndog and strawberry shortcake eating contests. The exact dates of these events during the 2015 festival are TBA. Check back closer to the date for the exact dates. In addition to the entertainment included with the festival, a large assortment of carnival midway rides are available to ride throughout the festival for an additional cost. The admission price is $8 for adults ($10 at gate) and $4 for children ($5 at gate) ages 6-12 to enter the festival grounds. Children ages 5 and under are free. Promotions on certain days bring the midway price down to different prices that can be found here.
Strawberry Queen and the Strawberry Girls
Each year of the Festival, a beauty contest is held that is made up of the strawberry girls where a strawberry queen is crowned. The strawberry girls and queen were featured on Good Morning America in an article that can be read here.
Headlining Country and Rock Concerts 2015
Each night of the festival features two or three headlining Country or Rock Concerts that requires a separate admission for each concert. The first concert below begins at 3:30 PM and the second concert begins at 7:30 PM. On days of three concerts, the first concert begins at 10:30 AM.
The 2015 headlining acts include:
Thursday, February 26th, 2015 – Jimmy Sturr, Bobby Vinton, Alabama
Friday, February 27th, 2015 - Mel Tillis, Scotty McCreery
Saturday, February 28th, 2015 – MercyME, Kevin Costner & Modern West
Sunday, March 1st, 2015 – “Brett Eldredge,” Hunter Hayes
Monday, March 2nd, 2015 – Sawyer Brown, Happy Together Tour
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 – Ronnie Millsap, Sara Evans
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 – Ricky Scaggs, Craig Morgan
Thursday, March 5th, 2015 – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Oak Ridge Boys, Newsboys
Friday, March 6th, 2015 - Boyz II Men, Loretta Lynn
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 – Dan + Shay, John Legend
Sunday, March 8th, 2015 – Parmalee, REBA
Click Here for the official headlining concert schedule including additional shows earlier on in the day for certain days.
Click Here to visit the official website of the Florida Strawberry Festival.
If you would still like to get a taste of Plant City’s Strawberries but are unable to make it during the annual festival, you can still go to Parkesdale Farms to get your fix of Plant City strawberries and their World Famous Strawberry Shortcake!
Click Here to read about various carnivals going on around Orlando throughout the year.
Florida Strawberry Festival Overview
Florida Strawberry Festival and Plant City Map: