Florida Strawberry Festival

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Florida Strawberry Festival
Fsf fairground.jpg
Festival fairgrounds
Status Active
Genre Festival
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Plant City, Florida
Country United States
Inaugurated 1929
Lost & Found caboose
Festival stadium for music performances

The Florida Strawberry Festival is an annual event that takes place in Plant City, Florida. It was started in 1929 by the local Lions Club, after several attempts by locals in the previous 20 years to promote the local strawberry crop. The festival lasts 11 days, and generates an attendance of about half a million patrons from all over Central Florida and other global nations.

  • The festival is a venue for flea market-style craft and item sales, various free entertainment acts/events, a very large midway, plus twice-daily "big name" musical concert performances. Tickets are required for these concerts, but there is free stadium seating provided at most on a first come basis.
  • The festival is also known for its famous St. Clement Catholic Church's "Make Your Own" Strawberry Shortcake.
  • Every year a parade is held in the festivals honor and features Plant City's Person Of the Year award.
  • The festival has livestock activities in conjunction with the local 4-H club.
  • The festival also has a beauty pageant, with the coronation of a Strawberry Queen. Drew Knotts, a Plant City High School Senior was crowned 2017 Queen by outgoing Queen, Haley Riley. The beauty pageant is well described in "The Strawberry Girls" by Anne Hull, which appeared in the New Yorker magazine, August 11 & 18, 2008.

Florida Strawberry Festival Lineups[edit]

2017 Lineup[edit]

Willie Nelson (first sold-out afternoon show in Strawberry Festival history)

2015 Lineup[edit]

Jimmy Stuff, Bobby Vinton, Alabama, Mel Tillis, Scotty Mccreery, Mercyme, Kevin Costner, Hunter Hayes, Sawyer Brown, Happy Together Tour, Ronnie Milsap, Sara Evans, Ricky Skaggs, Craig Morgan, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Oak Ridge Boys, Newsboys, Loretta Lynn, Boyz 2 Men, Day + Shay, John Legend, Luna Shalabi xPermalee, REBA.[1]

2012 Lineup[edit]

Demi Lovato (as part of her A Special Night with Demi Lovato tour).[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Video Headlines (2014-11-17). "Florida Strawberry Festival entertainment lineup includes Reba, Kevin Costner". Tbo.com. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  2. ^ Celebuzz (2012-03-03). "Demi Lovato Goes Rocker Chic at Strawberry Festival (PHOTOS)". Celebuzz. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 

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