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 2014
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 2014 event will take place beginning on Thursday, February 27, 2014 and will run every day until Sunday, March 9th, 2014.
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 2014 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 2014
Each night of the festival features two 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.
The 2014 headlining acts include:
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 – Jimmy Sturr, Shoji Tabuchi, STYX
Friday, February 28th, 2014 - Ronnie Milsap, Colt Ford
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 – Love and Theft, Little Big Town
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 – Thompson Square, Rascal Flatts
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 – Charlie Pride, Josh Turner
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 – Brenda Lee, Kellie Pickler
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 – Crystal Gayle, Lee Brice
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Oak Ridge Boys, Third Day
Friday, March 7th, 2014 – John Anderson, Boyz II Men
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 – Caroline Kole, Justin Lynch, Jerrod Niemann
Sunday, March 9th, 2014 – Easton Corbin, the Band Perry
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: