The Florida Strawberry Festival, home to the heart of Plant City, FL, is an annual festival that offers anything you can imagine. This alcohol free, family friendly event last over a week, and offers fresh strawberries, wild food, famous musical artists, festival rides, artwork, and many different kinds of vendors. This is a must see event, and is a tradition that is like nothing else!
Florida Strawberry Festival History
“The Florida Strawberry Festival represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. It has continued to grow in popularity year after year through the preservation of this heritage. Central to its focus, the Festival continues to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry. Further, steeped in tradition, the Florida Strawberry Festival is alive with volunteer spirit, uniting people from all parts of Plant City, Florida and the surrounding area. The event began back in 1930 when members of the newly organized Plant City Lions Club conceived the idea of an event to celebrate the bountiful harvest of strawberries. In 1948, the American Legion Post #26 helped get the Florida Strawberry Festival reactivated following a six-year hiatus during and immediately following World War II. The Lions Club and other civic organizations have participated in the Festival ever since. Today, the annual event has become one of the best Festivals in the nation and now ranks among the Top 40 Fairs in North America. Having maintained the same internal structure since its inception, the Florida Strawberry Festival is a community-oriented organization, governed by a board of directors from the community that annually devotes many hours to establishing policies and direction for the annual event. And while it is an outstanding showcase of the local area, the Florida Strawberry Festival has never been subsidized by taxpayers. The Florida Strawberry Festival is a great time to discover the charm and allure of Plant City, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy eating ripe, luscious strawberries alongside the local berry farmers that have worked hard to bring them to market. More than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the local area. In fact, there are some 2,800 farms in Hillsborough County that produce fruit and vegetable crops with an annual value of over $360 million. This county is now one of the largest agricultural counties in the nation. The diverse farm production includes strawberries, citrus, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, okra, peppers, beans, dairy products, eggs, ornamental horticulture, tropical fish, beef cattle, swine, and other related products.”
Content from: https://flstrawberryfestival.com/history-2/
Another thing that makes this festival stand out, and brings thousands of people, is due to its major headliners every year. For example, the 2023 artists that will be performing include Willie Nelson, Train, Ludacris, Chris Young, Walker Hayes, The Jacksons, Lynrd Skynrd, and more! The Strawberry Festival alone is a fun atmosphere to be in, but seeing some of these names makes it even more enjoyable.
What to do..
You can purchase you tickets ahead of time, or on the festival grounds. This is something you don’t want to miss, and you’ll want to return annually because… well its just that fun. There is something for all ages to enjoy, whether food, rides, pig races, or music. Come out to the festival in the spring time and see what its about!