CMA winner Hunter Hayes heading to Strawberry Fest
Well, we at last have our Florida Strawberry Festival entertainment lineup finalized and like the Plant City berry blast's signature milkshakes, it just keeps getting creamier and richer with the addition of country-blues prodigy Hunter Hayes, left, whose hit single Storm Warning makes him seem like the next coming of Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
Hayes, winner of the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year award and a Grammy nominee for Best New Artist, will perform March 10 at 3:30 p.m., festival organizers announced Thursday. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 7 for $15 and $20.
He joins the already impressive list of talent lined up for strawberry fest, including songwriting superstar Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery and more.
Here's the lineup
Feb. 28: Foreigner (7:30 p.m.), Chubby Checker (3:30), Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (10:30 a.m.)
March 1: Casting Crowns (7:30), Gene Watson (3:30), Caroline Kole (1)
March 2: Justin Moore (7:30), Gloriana (3:30)
March 3: Alan Jackson (7:30), Randy Houser (3:30)
March 4: Dwight Yoakam (7:30), Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis (3:30)
March 5: Martina McBride (7:30), Bobby Vinton (3:30)
March 6: Trace Adkins (7:30), Neal McCoy (3:30)
March 7: Brantley Gilbert (7:30), Mel Tillis (3:30), Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Show (10:30 a.m.)
March 8: Scotty McCreery (7:30), T.G. Sheppard and Janie Fricke (3:30)
March 9: Bret Michaels (7:30), Gaither Vocal Band (3:30)
March 10: Blake Shelton (7:30), Hunter Hayes (3:30 p.m.)
The festival runs Feb. 28 to March 10. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, 2209 W Oak St. in Plant City, by phone at (813) 754-1996 or online at flstrawberryfestival.com. If you don't get a reserved seat, the festival offers about 3,000 free seats for each headline show in the Wish Farms Soundstage's grandstand.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne