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Strawberry Festival lineup: Reba McEntire, Lynyrd Skynyrd, more

Rascal Flatts, Charlie Wilson, 98 Degrees, Patti LaBelle and more lead the lineup.
Reba McEntire performs "Fancy" during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 13. [MARK J. TERRILL                       |  AP]
Reba McEntire performs "Fancy" during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 13. [MARK J. TERRILL | AP]
Published Nov. 14
Updated Nov. 14

The Florida Strawberry Festival might look a little less country in 2020.

Plant City’s annual celebration of shortcake and music announced its upcoming concert lineup Thursday morning, and more than half of this year’s nightly headliners aren’t country acts.

While Nashville stars Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and Josh Turner will be some of the top draws, more major acts hail from the worlds of rock (Lynyrd Skynyrd), pop and R&B (98 Degrees, Patti LaBelle, Charlie Wilson) or Christian rock (MercyMe).

Other artists booked throughout the fest include the Eli Young Band, Michael Ray, Sara Evans, the Oak Ridge Boys, Chubby Checker, Darci Lynne, Bobby Bones and more.

This year’s Strawberry Festival runs Feb. 27 to March 8. Most concerts require an additional ticket on top of festival admission; those tickets go on sale Dec. 12.

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Here’s the lineup by date:

Feb. 27: Rascal Flatts (7:30 p.m., $51), Oak Ridge Boys (3:30 p.m., $25), Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra (10:30 a.m., free)

Feb. 28: Michael Ray (7:30 p.m., $35), Tommy James and the Shondells (3:30 p.m., $25)

Feb. 29: 98 Degrees (7:30 p.m., $35), Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye (3:30 p.m., $30)

March 1: Reba McEntire (7:30 p.m., $55), Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots (3:30 p.m., $35)

March 2: Patti LaBelle (7:30 p.m., $35), Neal McCoy (3:30 p.m., $25)

March 3: Skillet (7:30 p.m., $30), Sara Evans (3:30 p.m., $30)

March 4: Josh Turner (7:30 p.m., $35), Chubby Checker and the Wildcats (3:30 p.m., $25)

March 5: MercyMe (7:30 p.m., $40), Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell (3:30 p.m., $30), a Ricky Nelson tribute featuring the Nelson Brothers (10:30 a.m., free)

March 6: Darci Lynne and Friends (7:30 p.m., $25), Jimmy Fortune with Dailey and Vincent (3:30 p.m., $20)

March 7: Charlie Wilson (7:30 p.m., $45), battle of the bands (3:30 p.m., free)

March 8: Lynyrd Skynyrd (7:30 p.m., $56), Eli Young Band (3:30 p.m., $35)

The Lynyrd Skynyrd booking is particularly noteworthy, as the band is in the middle of a long farewell tour. They played what some probably thought would be their final Tampa Bay show in early 2018. So the chance to see some of Florida’s favorite sons back in action in Plant City is a nice surprise.

Click here for all the details on the 2020 Florida Strawberry Festival.


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