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Strawberry Festival schedule

Florida Strawberry Festival

The festival has all the charm of a hometown fair: huge vats of whipped cream and strawberries, Robinson's Paddling Porkers pig races, a lumberjack show and whirling midway rides. So quaint — until you look at the music lineup of top country stars. Sweet! The fest opens Feb. 26 and runs through March 8. Gate admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and younger. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. The festival closes at 10 p.m. and the midway closes at midnight. Extended hours are available on certain days at an additional cost. See the Web site for a complete schedule and details. 2202 W Reynolds St., Plant City. (813) 752-9194;


Advance discount tickets are on sale for $2 off adult gate admission, $1 off children, at participating Sweetbay Supermarkets. Feb. 26 is Senior Citizens' Day, with $2 off admission for those 60 and older. For information on other discount days, including those for kids and military, go to

Strawberry Festival Grand Parade

See this year's festival queen and court, floats and high school bands. The free parade begins at 1 p.m. Monday in downtown Plant City, moves along Reynolds Street and ends at Sammonds Road by the festival grounds.

music lineup

Limited stadium seats are available free with the price of gate admission. The prices listed here are for reserved seats. Some shows may be sold out.


George Jones,
3:30 p.m., $15, $20

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, 7:30 p.m., $10, $15


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,
3:30 p.m., $10, $15

Kellie Pickler,
7:30 p.m., $10, $15


Jake Owen,
3:30 p.m., $10, $15

Third Day,
7:30 p.m., $10, $15


Rodney Atkins,
3:30 p.m., $15, $20

Taylor Swift, 7:30 p.m.
Sold out, but see above


Helen Cornelius and Jim Ed Brown, 3:30 p.m., $10, $15

Randy Travis, 7:30 p.m.,
$10, $15


Connie Smith and Marty Stuart, 3:30 p.m., $10, $15

Travis Tritt, 7:30 p.m.,
$15, $20


Brenda Lee,
3:30 p.m., $10, $15

Ray Stevens, 7:30 p.m.,
$10, $15

March 5

Mel Tillis, 3:30 p.m.,
$10, $15

Lorrie Morgan, 7:30 p.m., $10, $15

March 6

Ronnie McDowell, 3:30 p.m., $10, $15

Jeff Foxworthy, 7:30 p.m., $35

March 7

Mark Lowry,
3:30 p.m., $10, $15

Kool & the Gang,
7:30 p.m., $15, $20

March 8

Trent Tomlinson, 3 p.m., free with gate admission

Jessica Simpson, 7:30 p.m., $25, $30

Strawberry Festival schedule 02/25/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:07am]
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