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Florida Strawberry Festival lineup: Donny and Marie Osmond, the Band Perry, Charlie Wilson, Merle Haggard, more



Talk about a match made in festival heaven.

The family-friendly Florida Strawberry Festival has booked one of the friendliest families around, the Osmonds, to headline its 2016 lineup next March.

Joining Donny and Marie Osmond in next year's Florida Strawberry Festival lineup are a huge slate of names from the worlds of country (The Band Perry, Cole Swindell, Josh Turner, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard), rock and pop (Charlie Wilson, Cheap Trick, Echosmith) and Christian rock (Lecrae, Casting Crowns) and more.

The diverse lineup should come as no surprise; Strawberry Festival has in recent years stretched beyond its traditional country roots to bring in acts like Demi Lovato and John Legend. That may be an important part of its growth going forward, especially as the festival seeks to distinguish itself from an ever-expanding array of country festivals in Florida, including Tortuga, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam and the all-new Country 500.

Tickets to concerts to the 2016 Florida Strawberry Festival, March 3-13, vary by event and go on sale Dec. 10. A limited number of free seats, included with festival admission ($5-$10, with discounts available), are available for each show on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here's the lineup by day:

March 3: Josh Turner (7:30 p.m., tickets are $20-$25), Charley Pride (3:30, $15-$20), Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (10:30 a.m., free)

March 4: Big & Rich (7:30, $25-$30), Mickey Gilley (3:30, $15-$20)

March 5: Cheap Trick (7:30, $20-$25), Lecrae (3:30, $25)

March 6: Donny & Marie Osmond (7:30, $55), Shenandoah (3:30, $15-$20)

March 7: Lonestar (7:30, $15-$20), Gene Watson (3:30, $15-$20)

March 8: Trace Adkins (7:30, $20-$25), Dick Fox's Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobbie Rydell (3:30, $20-$25)

March 9: Martina McBride (7:30, $20-$25), Ray Stevens (3:30, $15-$20)

March 10: Casting Crowns (7:30, $20-$25), Oak Ridge Boys (3:30, $15-$20), Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (10:30 a.m., free)

March 11: Cole Swindell (7:30, $35-$40), Tanya Tucker (3:30, $15-$20)

March 12: Charlie Wilson (7:30, $35-$40), Merle Haggard (3:30, $35)

March 13: The Band Perry (7:30, $40), Echosmith (3:30, $20-$25)

Click here for all the details about the 2016 Florida Strawberry Festival.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Monday, November 16, 2015 5:34pm]


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