The Strawberry Festival in Florida

Posted by on September 2, 2012

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Strawberry Festival is a combination of agriculture shows, contests, parades, rides, country related concerts and love for strawberries. The great thing about this festival is the fact that everything is so affordable. This festival is celebrating the most important crop in the area and these are strawberries. It also features everything about this berry. There are vendors that are selling all sorts of items related to it. Plant City won’t be referred to as Winter Strawberry Capital for the World for nothing. They have the best ones in the world. The treats are sweet, tasty, delicious, mouthwatering and fresh. Do you want to test your limits? Then you can join the Strawberry Shortcake eating competition. The history of the competition goes along way back in 1930s. This was spearheaded by Plant City Lions Club that wants to unite different communities that are harvesting strawberries. There are quite a number of other civic organizations that participate in the festival.

The Strawberry Festival in Florida

The Strawberry Festival in Florida

The said festival had taken a six year hiatus because of World War II however the America Legion Post #26 brings in their efforts to reactivate the event. There is also Florida Strawberry Festival Association that was established and headed by a board of directors coming from various communities. There is also a small staff that works all year to make the Strawberry festival as one of the most awaited events in this part of the world. Strawberry Festival is family oriented event that features a variety of industries like  arts, crafts, livestock, agriculture, fine arts and a lot more.

Many people at the Strawberry Festival in Florida

Many people at the Strawberry Festival in Florida

There is a Mighty Bluegrass Show Carnival that has about 60 heart stopping rides. For the kids, they can opt for the Strawberry Patch Kiddy Corral. This is also an event that showcases the talents of school children in art and photography. There are various competitions for young children like shoe box display floats. For babies, they can join competition like best decorated diaper and diaper derby. There are agricultural shows and exhibits which is a great way for children to learn about farming communities. It is said to be a great place for education.

Kids will love this

Kids will love this

Perhaps the most famous aside from the strawberries is the entertainment lineup that was set up for the festival. Every year it draws some of the finest country music performers for concerts. Of course the price of the tickets vary depending on the artist. This year the event showcase performers like Gretchen Wilson, Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams Jr and quite a number of rising new comers in the music industry. The festival normally runs for 11 days and millions of people attend the event yearly. This is one of the reasons to visit Florida this march.

Eat them all ! ! !

Eat them all ! ! !

 

Strawberry Festival photo 1 & 2: Jeff Houck, Strawberry Festival photo 3: Sam Howzit, Strawberry Festival photo 4: With an open mind,

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