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Florida Strawberry Festival lineup: Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery and other acts to watch



One of the biggest annual musical events in Tampa Bay kicks off on Thursday as Foreigner and Chubby Checker take the stage at the Florida Strawberry Festival. It's one of the top country music destinations in the country, a must-play for most Nashville acts on their way up or, in the case of festival headliner Blake Shelton, at the top of their game.

Here are Sean Daly's picks for the five must-see acts on this year's Florida Strawberry Festival lineup, including Shelton, Hunter Hayes (above), Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery and Dwight Yoakam. Click here for a guide to the rest of the festival.

And after the jump, get a look at the full lineup of headline entertainment.

Thursday: Chubby Checker 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20); Foreigner 7:30 p.m. ($25)

Friday: Casting Crowns 7:30 p.m. ($20-$25); Gene Watson 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

Saturday: Justin Moore 7:30 p.m. ($15-$20); Gloriana 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

Sunday: Alan Jackson 7:30 p.m. ($45); Randy Houser 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

Monday: Dwight Yoakam 7:30 p.m. ($20-$25); Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

Tuesday: Martina McBride 7:30 p.m. ($30); Bobby Vinton 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

March 6: Trace Adkins 7:30 p.m. ($30); Neal McCoy 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

March 7: Brantley Gilbert 7:30 p.m. ($35), Mel Tillis 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

March 8: Scotty McCreery 7:30 p.m. ($25-$30), T.G. Sheppard and Janie Fricke 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

March 9: Bret Michaels 7:30 p.m. ($25-$30), Gaither Vocal Band 3:30 p.m. ($20-$25)

March 10: Blake Shelton 7:30 p.m. (sold out), Hunter Hayes 3:30 p.m. ($15-$20)

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:19pm]


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