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Merle Haggard out, Kris Kristofferson in at Florida Strawberry Festival



One outlaw country legend will fill in for another at this year's Florida Strawberry Festival.

After being hospitalized for a recurring bout with double pneumonia, Merle Haggard has been forced to cancel a string of concert dates in March, including a March 12 date in Plant City. Filling in for him will be another west-off-Nashville icon, Kris Kristofferson.

Haggard was hospitalized late last year for double pneumonia, but returned to the stage in short order and everything seemed to be on track for him to perform in Plant City. According to Rolling Stone, his doctors have advised him to take a month off to recuperate.

Kristofferson will perform at 3:30 p.m. March 12, and tickets to see him are $35. Tickets purchaseed for Haggard's show will be honored for Kristofferson's. For refund requests or any other questions, contact the Strawberry Festival at (813) 719-6680 or click here.

-- Jay Cridlin


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 9:05am]


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