75th Florida Starwberry Festival

Plant City, Florida is again playing host to the Florida Strawberry Festival which this year runs from March 4th - 14th.  The festival dates back to 1930 when the brand new Plant City Lions Club came up with the idea to celebrate the the state's Spring strawberry harvest.

According to the festival's website: 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.

Today it is one of the top festival/fairs in the country drawing visitors from all over the nation to partake in more than just strawberries. They also enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts.  Gate admission is $10.

Many special events are scheduled throughout the 10 day festival.

Sponsored by: Bob Evans Restaurant and the Senior Connection
Thursday, March 4th, and
Thursday March 11th, 2010
10:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.
Chairpersons: Phil & Sandra Waldron


On Thursday, March 4th, 2010, The Jimmy Sturr Orchestra will perform for your listening and dancing pleasure. The music begins at 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on the GTE Federal Credit Union Soundstage.

On Thursday, March 11th, 2010, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra will be on the GTE Federal Credit Union Soundstage from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure.

A prize will be given away at 12:00 p.m. each Senior Citizens’ Day, following the 10:30 show, to the lucky senior citizen whose ticket is drawn from the barrel. Tickets for the drawing will be available to seniors in the stadium. You must be present at the Senior Citizens’ Program to win.

Sponsored by: Tobacco Free Florida
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Hey Kids, it’s YOUR DAY! Kids through High School age are admitted FREE!  Just stop by any festival ticket booth and receive a complimentary entry ticket on this special day and rides are reduced at the Belle City Amusements Midway.  But that’s not all.  There’s a FREE kids concert on the GTE FCU Soundstage.  Suite Caroline, the talented singer/songwriter, will take the stage at 1 p.m.  For further details about special seating to the show stop by any GTE Federal Credit Union branch and you might want to sign up for a U22 account while you’re there!


Sunday, March 7, 2010 &
Sunday, March 14, 2010
On the first Sunday and the last Sunday, it’s our first “Dew” Day AND a weekend wristband special – Ride all day, 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., for only $25.  Now that’s a “dew”!!  But that’s not all -- bring your Mountain Dew can to the festival and receive a voucher for $5 off the $25 wristband and ride all day for only $20 -- that's a super “dew”! Mountain Dew can not valid for gate admission.
Come Celebrate With Us! on these great “dew” days --  courtesy of Florida Strawberry Festival, Belle City Amusements Midway and the Pepsi Bottling Group.


Sponsored by: United States Marine Corps
Monday, March 8, 2010
Everyone loves a parade!  Glorious floats and marching bands plunge you into the glamour and excitement of the Grand Parade.  Starting in downtown Plant City at 1 p.m., the Grand Parade marches down Reynolds Street, passing by the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds around 2 p.m. and ends at Sammonds Road.  The Belle City Amusements Midway will open at 10 a.m. AND all parade participants will receive FREE admission into the Festival until 3:30 p.m.   It’s our 75th Anniversary -- Come Celebrate With Us!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Presented by: Red Rose Inn & Suites
On Tuesday, March 9, 2010 the Florida Strawberry Festival will present its first Red Hat Day!  Red Hatters receive $2.00 off the regular gate admission of $10.00.
Red Hatters will have a day to remember!!  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. when the Red Hatters gather to review the daily schedule of events at the Edy’s-Häagen-Dazs Free Grandstand and be treated to several surprises.
The Festival will feature a mini “Red Hat” market area and, capping off the day, America’s Sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds, will appear on the GTE Federal Credit Union Soundstage at 3:30 p.m.
What more could a Diva ask for?! “Come Celebrate With Us!” It’s our 75th Anniversary!!

Sponsored by: FOX13 Care★Force
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Florida Strawberry Festival will honor our American Heroes by offering FREE admission.  All active, reserve and retired military and military veterans along with Law Enforcement, First Responders (EMS & Fire Fighters) will be admitted free all day when they show a valid ID.  Did we ever tell you that you’re our heroes?  These people put their lives on hold and on the line everyday so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have here in America!  AT 3:30 p.m. Aaron Tippin (who is most recognized for his patriotic smash hit single “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” among others) will perform on the GTE FCU Soundstage.  There’s a hero if you look inside your heart!

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Presented by: Wish Farms
More than 8,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the local area.  So, just how do all those strawberries make it to our table?  It is through the dedication and hard work of the Farm Workers, so today is your day to be recognized!  Farm Workers, ask your employer for the voucher that will give you FREE ADMISSION to the Florida Strawberry Festival.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication – it keeps us going!
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