Strawberry Festival opens in Plant City
Since 1930, the festival has grown, but has retrained its rustic focus
The Band Perry siblings Reid, left, Kimberly and Neil Perry will perform March 9 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.PHOTO PROVIDED
BY MARTY CLEAR
February 27, 2014
It now draws about a half-million people every year and features some of the biggest names in country and pop music. But at its core, the Florida Strawberry Festival is still a traditional fair that revels in the rural American lifestyle.
"As trite as it may sound, we're still a slice of Americana," said Paul Davis, the festival's general manager. "The festival started in 1930 as a celebration of the strawberry harvest, and we've never strayed far from that."
This year's festival in Plant City is set to open its 11-day run today.
Among the highlights: a huge midway, lots of free live entertainment, agricultural displays and competitions, and tons of food, much of it, obviously, strawberry-related.
There's also a full lineup of headlining music acts, two or three every day. A limited number of people are admitted free to the headlining shows on a first-come-first served basis, but others pay a reasonable charge for reserved seats.
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